qual·i·fi·er | \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī(-ə)r \

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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Thorp: The Cardinals, a first-time qualifier, finished sixth in the Western Cloverbelt, but had a relatively easy time reaching state. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state baseball: Schedule and a look at every team in the field," 11 June 2018 Under his guidance, Waubonsie Valley has placed more than 1,200 state and 40 national qualifiers, a national champion, national medaling teams and more than 15 national top 10 place finishers in SkillsUSA competitions. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 15 May 2018 He and Nicholson also won the 2017 FLW qualifier, which sent them to Alabama’s Pickwick Lake last summer. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Five Idaho anglers you should know — with go-to lures and favorite spots | Idaho Statesman," 6 Mar. 2018 She was joined by the Foxes' other individual sectional qualifier, sophomore and best friend Allison Nape. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Just perfect: Yorkville bowler Katie Orisek caps sectional title with 300," 13 Feb. 2018 O'Grady and Moore, a one-time PBA regional titlist, advanced to the TOC full field through the pre-tournament qualifier, or PTQ. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "PBA Tour 2018: Final results for Tournament of Champions (Matt O'Grady winner)," 11 Feb. 2018 To boot, the Braves are splitting up in tournaments with about half playing in the Connie Mack qualifier at Midland and the other half going to Indianapolis to play in the National Amateur Baseball Championships with about 100 other teams. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Midland Braves feature baseball stars of the future," 11 July 2018 Bunskowsky secured her spot by carding a 75 in her qualifier at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach golf instructors qualify for U.S. Senior Women's Open," 5 July 2018 Former Penn State star Cole Miller birdied three of his last five holes, Monday, in his 36-hole sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., to advance to next week’s U.S. Open. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Former Penn State star Cole Miller qualifies for U.S. Open," 4 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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