qual·​i·​fi·​er | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce qualifier (audio) \

Definition of qualifier

: one that qualifies: such as
a : one that satisfies requirements or meets a specified standard
b : a word (such as an adjective) or word group that limits or modifies the meaning of another word (such as a noun) or word group

Examples of qualifier in a Sentence

She's one of the qualifiers for the tournament. She'll be playing in the tournament this year after winning the qualifier.

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Iran conceded only five goals in its 18 qualifiers for this World Cup. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Spain Overcomes Iran’s Stubborn Defense in the World Cup," 20 June 2018 Denmark dropped two of its first three World Cup qualifiers, including a 1-0 upset at home to Montenegro. Brett Martel, chicagotribune.com, "In-form Peru, Denmark set to clash in key Group C match," 15 June 2018 At his 36-hole sectional qualifier last week in Memphis, Piercy played six extra playoff holes just to gain alternate status. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "For Tiger Woods, the comeback from a slow start at the U.S. Open never came," 14 June 2018 The Highlanders already qualified for the state tourney June 1 at their qualifier. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Mike Williams becomes baseball coach at The John Cooper School," 14 June 2018 Lopetegui became Spain's coach in 2016 and the team won nine of its 10 qualifiers to reach the World Cup. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui a day before World Cup begins," 13 June 2018 But a team fighting to hang onto home-court advantage in the first round, a team with the worst defensive rating of any playoff qualifier, is not the juggernaut of years past. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Of the four teams the Heat might face in the playoffs, fans should hope it isn’t this one | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Its big sister, a 72-footer called the AC72 (saved for the official qualifiers and the main event), carries 11 crew members and can hit 45 knots (52 mph), generating so much lift that the entire 13,000-pound boat flies out of the water on foils. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 The cafe hosts its own tournaments and players sometimes use its 30 computers to participate in qualifiers for professional tournaments. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Shooting at Jacksonville Videogame Event Puts Focus on Security," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of qualifier

1561, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of qualifier

: a person or team that has defeated others to enter a competition
: a game or contest that a person or team must win in order to enter a particular competition
grammar : a word (such as an adjective or adverb) or phrase that describes another word or group of words

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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