quar·​ter·​fi·​nal | \ ˌkwȯ(r)-tər-ˈfī-nᵊl How to pronounce quarterfinal (audio) \

Definition of quarterfinal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 quarterfinals plural : a quarterfinal round
2 : a quarterfinal match



Definition of quarterfinal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : immediately preceding the semifinal in an elimination tournament
2 : of or participating in a quarterfinal

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quarterfinalist \ ˌkwȯ(r)-​tər-​ˈfī-​nᵊl-​ist How to pronounce quarterfinalist (audio) \ noun

Examples of quarterfinal in a Sentence


He lost in the quarterfinal.

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Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, is 38, while Nadal is 33 — making him the oldest male champion at Flushing Meadows since 1970. CBS News, "Rafael Nadal wins U.S. Open, his 19th Grand Slam title, in hourslong match," 8 Sep. 2019 In the quarterfinals, Laguna Beach was up a set on Trabuco Hills, but the Breakers fell behind 13-5 in Game 2. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach girls’ volleyball reaches semifinals of Dave Mohs Tournament," 7 Sep. 2019 But while Djokovic retired in the fourth round and Federer faded out in the quarterfinals, Nadal has endured. Los Angeles Times, "Rafael Nadal set for ‘super tough’ U.S. Open final against Daniil Medvedev," 7 Sep. 2019 Molineux, though, was not a happy hunting ground last term for United, as the Wolves beat them in the FA Cup quarterfinals and in the regular season by a 2-1 scoreline in both. SI.com, "Wolverhampton vs Manchester United Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch Premier League," 19 Aug. 2019 Between an undefeated run to the Class 5A state championship game in 2017, and last year’s trip to the quarterfinals, the Raptors saw three different head coaches pace their sideline. Marco Cummings, The Denver Post, "Shawn Marsh looks to bring stability to Eaglecrest football following turbulent season," 25 Aug. 2019 John advanced to the quarterfinals, but lost to Roger Federer. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "John Isner Says Having a Daughter Has Helped Him Improve His Game," 20 Aug. 2019 The Scottish Murray brothers beat France’s Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 6-7(7), 10-5, on Wednesday at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center to advance to the quarterfinals. baltimoresun.com, "Andy Murray, brother Jamie advance in doubles at Citi Open," 31 July 2019 This will be Williams’s 15th appearance at the event and her second consecutive showing at San Jose, having advanced to the quarterfinals last year. From Staff Reports, The Mercury News, "Venus Williams draws American in first round of Silicon Valley Classic," 27 July 2019

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Other quarterfinal matchups: Spain vs. Poland and Serbia vs. Argentina on Tuesday, and Australia vs. the Czech Republic on Wednesday. BostonGlobe.com, "SHENZHEN, China — Jayson Tatum returned to practice with the US men’s basketball team Monday, less than a week after he sprained his left ankle.," 10 Sep. 2019 Into a tournament quarterfinal for only the second time this year, Dimitrov faced Federer, who had only ever dropped two sets against his stylistic counterpart. Van Sias, The Atlantic, "Grigor Dimitrov Takes His Shot," 6 Sep. 2019 That might fly against Monfils, but there's very little margin for error—definitely not 64 unforced errors, his quarterfinal tally—against Nadal. The Si Staff, SI.com, "U.S. Open Men's Semifinals: Picks, Previews for Medvedev-Dimitrov and Nadal-Berrettini," 5 Sep. 2019 The new coach previously led Southlands Christian to back-to-back league titles and consecutive quarterfinal appearances in 2016 in the CIF Southern Section Division X playoffs and in 2017 in the Division IX playoffs. Vincent Nguyenstaff Writer, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Girls’ Volleyball Preview: La Cañada welcomes new coach in hopes of bounce-back season," 27 Aug. 2019 Steele Canyon was 9-3 after dropping a Division I quarterfinal to eventual champion St. Augustine. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Steele Canyon survives early test against Eastlake," 23 Aug. 2019 The Tigers won 14-7 when the teams last met in a region quarterfinal in November. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Class 6A, 5A: Jones likes to play the big boys," 22 Aug. 2019 America's Got Talent season 14 had its first quarterfinal results show on Wednesday night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans SLAM "Horrible" Quarterfinal Results: "What Are You Thinking, America?"," 15 Aug. 2019 Before her match with Andreescu, Williams won Friday’s quarterfinal with Naomi Osaka, the first time the two competed against each other since their buzzed-about US Open match last year. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams and Her Opponent Uplift Each Other with a Post-Match Hug," 12 Aug. 2019

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1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of quarterfinal

: one of four matches, games, or contests to decide the four people or teams that will continue playing in a competition (such as a tennis tournament)

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