What does the word handicap mean?

Usage examples for handicap

  1. So I handicap myself in the same way he did, do you see?" – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  2. It's a heavy enough handicap, under the best of circumstances, to go to war burdened with years; add the burden of a monster fortune, and it isn't in human nature to fight well. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  3. She had started with a handicap, but she caught up with the rest and passed them gracefully by ingeniously altering the final a to an e, and pronouncing it Zheelee. – In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes