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.
Recent Examples on the Web The resolution, which was put forward by the committee’s Black caucus, says a number of incidents over Davis’s three-decade career should disqualify him from leading one of the area’s largest police forces. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Many of the conservative attendees believed that should disqualify him from participating in the New Hampshire audit. Sara Murray, CNN, 25 May 2021 Trump is trying to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the state with a lawsuit seeking to disqualify more than 221,000 votes in Wisconsin’s two most heavily Democratic counties. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, 12 Dec. 2020 Republicans have been battling votes cast in Democracy in the Park initiatives in Madison since before the events even occurred, and Trump has sought to disqualify those votes. Nuha Dolby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Dec. 2020 The Trump campaign said his lawsuit would disqualify 221,000 votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 1 Dec. 2020 Contact tracing and further testing could disqualify teammates. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 There are several reasons why -- other evidence to the contrary -- cowardice should disqualify a candidate from a shot at leading the nation. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 Finally, employers who would violate federal law or may experience loss of a federal contract or federal funding may disqualify a recreational marijuana user from hire or employment. Alonzo Martinez, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021

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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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