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Pronunciation: /ˈhændɪkæp/

Translation of handicap in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (disadvantage) desventaja (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Battling against painful odds to remain in the game the little genius still plays off a scratch handicap hoping to comeback to competitive golf.
    • He plays off a golf handicap of 14, and is an avid GAA, soccer and rugby follower.
    • We are also affiliated to the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs so handicaps can be obtained.
    1.2 [often offensive] (disability) physical handicap discapacidad (feminine) física
    Example sentences
    • Believed to be a handicap, this mental condition is often misunderstood and it is hoped that mainstream films like this one will draw public attention to it.
    • Students requiring additional financial support may have severe behaviour and emotional difficulties, hearing or visual disabilities, autism or have multiple handicaps.
    • Still, she suffers from severe mental and physical handicaps.
  • 2 [Sport/Deporte] 2.1 (in golf, polo) hándicap (masculine); (penalty) desventaja (feminine) to win on handicap imponerse* en tiempo corregido 2.2 (event) hándicap (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Having broken his maiden tag at Ripon on his second outing, Guto was then beaten narrowly at Musselburgh before returning to Ripon to gain a gritty success in a nursery handicap.
    • The eight-year-old fulfilled the promise of several creditable placed efforts with an overdue success in a valuable handicap at Hamilton last week.
    • She followed a cantering success in a Roscommon handicap with a smooth victory in a conditions event at Leopardstown ten days ago.
    Example sentences
    • Golfers of various handicaps were asked to putt on the greens and choose the faster green.
    • Under the U.S. Golf Association's ESC system, players with course handicaps of 9 or less can post no more than a double bogey on any hole.
    • John Preddy was also in the frame when he again shot 38 points, maintaining his steady progress off his 32 handicap.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-pp-)

  • 1 (hamper) [person/chances] perjudicar* they were very much handicapped by a lack of training la falta de capacitación los perjudicaba mucho or los colocaba en una situación de clara desventaja
  • 2 [Sport/Deporte] 2.1 [person/horse] asignar un hándicap or una desventaja a 2.2 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [contestant] evaluar* las posibilidades de

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