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 for handicap
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Handicap \Hand"i*cap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handicapped
     (-k[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Handicapping.]
     To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in
     general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was
     heavily handicapped.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  handicap \hand"i*cap\ (h[a^]n"d[i^]*k[a^]p), n. [From hand in
     cap; -- perh. in reference to an old mode of settling a
     bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.]
     1. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in
        starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing
        inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other
        hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior
        advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the
        chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or
        ten pounds, and the like.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility,
        strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of
        time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize
        the chances of the competitors.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. An old game at cards. [Obs.] --Pepys.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. a physical or mental disability of the body which makes
        normal human activities more difficult or impossible; as,
        his deformed leg was a major handicap in walking.
        [PJC]
  
     5. any disadvantage that makes an activity more difficult or
        impossible; as, insufficient capital was a big handicap in
        competing against Microsoft.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  handicap
      n 1: the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence
           of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability";
           "hearing impairment" [syn: disability, disablement,
           handicap, impairment]
      2: advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of
         winning
      3: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or
         progress [syn: hindrance, hinderance, deterrent,
         impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap]
      v 1: injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
           [syn: disable, invalid, incapacitate, handicap]
      2: attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race)
         and assign odds for or against a contestant
      3: put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering
         my movements" [syn: handicap, hinder, hamper]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  215 Moby Thesaurus words for "handicap":
     Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, abnormality,
     acute disease, affection, affliction, ailment, allergic disease,
     allergy, allowance, atrophy, bacterial disease, bale, bar, barrier,
     bear hard upon, birth defect, blight, block, bulge, burden,
     burdening, burthen, cardiovascular disease, cargo, charge,
     charging, chase, check, chronic disease, circulatory disease,
     complaint, complication, condition, congenital defect, constraint,
     cramp, cripple, cross, cumber, cumbrance, curb, damage, deadweight,
     deadwood, defect, deficiency disease, deformity,
     degenerative disease, detriment, difficulty, disability, disable,
     disadvantage, disease, disorder, distemper, drag, drawback, edge,
     embarrass, embarrassment, encumber, encumbrance, endemic,
     endemic disease, endocrine disease, enmesh, ensnarl, entangle,
     entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, epidemic disease, fetter,
     flat race, freight, functional disease, fungus disease,
     gastrointestinal disease, genetic disease, hamper, hamstring,
     handicap race, harm, harness race, head start, hereditary disease,
     hinder, hindrance, hobble, horse race, hurdle race, hurt,
     iatrogenic disease, illness, impairment, impede, impediment,
     impedimenta, imposition, inconvenience, incubus, incumbency,
     indisposition, infectious disease, infirmity, injury, involve,
     lade, lading, lame, liability, lime, limit, limitation, load,
     loading, loss, loss of ground, lumber, malady, malaise, millstone,
     mischief, morbidity, morbus, muscular disease, net,
     neurological disease, nutritional disease, obstacle,
     occupational disease, odds, onus, oppress, oppression,
     organic disease, overburden, overhand, overload, overtax,
     overtaxing, overweight, overweighting, pack, pandemic disease,
     pathological condition, pathology, penalize, penalty,
     plant disease, plate race, prejudice, press down, press hard upon,
     pressure, protozoan disease, psychosomatic disease, punish,
     purse race, quarter-horse race, respiratory disease,
     rest hard upon, restrain, restraint, restrict, restriction,
     rockiness, saddle, saddle with, saddling, secondary disease,
     seediness, shackle, sickishness, sickness, signs, snarl, stake,
     stake race, start, steeplechase, step backward, stumbling block,
     superincumbency, surcharge, sweep, sweepstake, sweepstakes,
     symptomatology, symptomology, symptoms, syndrome, tangle, tax,
     taxing, the pip, toil, trammel, trotting race, trouble,
     urogenital disease, vantage, virus disease, wasting disease,
     weigh down, weigh heavy on, weigh on, weigh upon, weight,
     white elephant, worm disease
  
  

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