prequalify

verb pre·qual·i·fy \ ˌprē-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī \
variants: or pre-qualify

Definition of prequalify

prequalified or pre-qualified; prequalifying or pre-qualifying
transitive + intransitive
1 no obj : to qualify as a candidate : to meet the preliminary requirements for something
  • She prequalified for a mortgage.
  • Experts suggest that you pre-qualify for a loan before you begin shopping in order to make sure there will be no deal-killing glitches.
  • —Bill Lindsey
  • … sometimes, you will prequalify for an amount that won't pan out in the preapproval process. You don't want to look for homes that, in actuality, you can't afford.
  • —Donna Raskin and Susan Hawthorne
  • To prequalify, contractors are required to complete questionnaires that probe such things as the contractor's financial situation, the experience of the company and its key personnel … .
  • —David J. Pratt
2 obj : to qualify or certify (someone or something) as a candidate
  • The bank prequalified her for a mortgage.
  • … the city prequalified three construction and engineering consortiums to bid on the $535 million project.
  • The Ottawa (Canada) Business Journal

prequalified

or pre-qualified adjective
    • a prequalified buyer/contractor
    • prequalified bids

prequalification

play \ˌprē-ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ or pre-qualification noun
    • Prequalification means you fill out all the forms and get a commitment from a lender that it will lend you a certain amount of money on prescribed terms …
    • —Michael C. Donaldson
    • the prequalification process

First Known Use of prequalify

1901

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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