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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that qualifies, especially one that has or fulfills all appropriate qualifications, as for a position, office, or task.
  • n. Grammar A word or phrase that qualifies, limits, or modifies the meaning of another word or phrase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who qualifies for something, especially a contestant who qualifies for a stage in a competition.
  • n. A preliminary stage of a competition.
  • n. A word or phrase, such as an adjective or adverb, that describes or characterizes another word or phrase, such as a noun or verb; a modifier; that adds or subtracts attributes to another.
  • n. A marker that qualifies or modifies another code element.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers or restrains.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers, or restrains; specifically, in grammar, a word that qualifies another, as an adjective a noun, or an adverb a verb, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
  • n. a contestant who meets certain requirements and so qualifies to take part in the next stage of competition

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