dis·qual·i·fy | \(ˌ)dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī \

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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That trio was at Santa Anita on May 6, when Achira was not disqualified for drifting way out in the stretch and possibility compromising the run of Helen Hillary. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Los Alamitos puts its first day of the meeting in the books," 29 June 2018 Olasz, 24, was a last-minute addition to the Rio Olympics field because a Russian swimmer was disqualified for doping. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Defending 10K champions repeat at U.S. open water nationals in Tempe," 4 May 2018 Trump has used Comey's willingness to leak parts of these memos as disqualifying for the broader account that Comey provides. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 11 must-read moments from James Comey's private memos," 20 Apr. 2018 With McCowan disqualified because of fouls, Notre Dame’s strategy on the final play was to get the ball inside to Shepard. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale Beats Buzzer — Again — to Give Irish the Title," 1 Apr. 2018 This color preference was controversial among the followers of pink and yellow, almost disqualifying because of poop, which only gave Andrew more enthusiasm for the shade. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 Although both girls remained disqualified, the incident was enough for the national organization, who oversees high school athletics in Minnesota, to alter the previous rule. Ryan Adelson, Good Housekeeping, "High School Runner Disqualified for Helping a Suffering Competitor," 30 Nov. 2016 This quick-breaking filly is back with maidens and qualifies for the conditions since she was disqualified from a Kindergarten Futurity trial victory two outs ago when drifting out to impede rivals past the 1/8-pole. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Learn about handicapping from Rob Henie," 7 July 2018 He was disqualified this morning (tues) from the roads for 12 months. Fox News, "Drunk teen stole golf cart for 3.5-mile McDonald's run," 19 June 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 \
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 \
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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