dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce disqualify (audio) \
disqualified; disqualifying; disqualifies

Definition of disqualify

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of the required qualities, properties, or conditions : make unfit
2 : to deprive of a power, right, or privilege
3 : to make ineligible for a prize or for further competition because of violations of the rules

Examples of disqualify in a Sentence

His poor eyesight disqualified him from becoming a pilot.

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Their initial choice, Khairat el-Shater, was disqualified on a technicality. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Mohamed Morsi, Who Brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian Presidency," 19 June 2019 In the winter, reigning state wrestling champion Hayden Halter of Waterford was disqualified after winning the Southern Lakes tournament title when the referee penalized him a second time for a gesture interpreted as unsportsmanlike. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin wrestler used as example in article highlighting how technology has complicated the jobs of youth sports officials," 19 June 2019 Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to Website; or (b) acting in violation of these Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "Alaska Airlines tickets for two," 14 June 2019 If payment is not received by April 30, 2019, entries will be disqualified. Sunset, "Official Rules: Sunset Travel Awards 2019," 22 Jan. 2018 But South Belt’s team was disqualified so the Seals likely won’t be so fortunate this Saturday. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Seals swimmers begin clinching trips to Champ Meet after strong season opener," 3 June 2019 Country House is this year's contender to win thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown -- but only after the horse that crossed the wire first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security, was disqualified. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Belmont Stakes 2019: Meet the contenders and watch them run," 3 June 2019 There won’t be a Kentucky Derby rematch with Maximum Security, who was disqualified for interfering with War of Will, or Country House, who was placed first and since been sidelined by illness. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Preakness winner War of Will likely to run in Belmont," 19 May 2019 The Miss Universe rules required all contestants to be born female, and as a result she was disqualified. Fox News, "13 biggest beauty pageant scandals," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of disqualify

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of disqualify

: to stop or prevent (someone) from doing, having, or being a part of something


dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \ dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce disqualify (audio) \
disqualified; disqualifying

Kids Definition of disqualify

: to make or declare not fit to have, do, or take part in The judges disqualified the runner from the race.


transitive verb
dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \ dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce disqualify (audio) \
disqualified; disqualifying

Legal Definition of disqualify

1 : to deprive of the required qualities, properties, or conditions a financial interest in the case that disqualified the judge
2 : to deprive of a right or privilege especially after a hearing misconduct that disqualified the employee from receiving unemployment benefits

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