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[kwol-uh-fahy-er] /ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ ər/

a person or thing that qualifies.

a person or thing that qualifies, esp a contestant in a competition who wins a preliminary heat or contest and so earns the right to take part in the next round
a preliminary heat or contest
(grammar) another word for modifier (sense 1)

1560s, agent noun from qualify. Grammatical sense is from 1580s.


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