From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisheligibleel‧i‧gi‧ble /ˈelɪdʒəbəl/ ●○○ adjective1CANsomeone who is eligible for something is able or allowed to do it, for example because they are the right ageeligible forStudents on a part-time course are not eligible for a loan.eligible to do somethingOver 500,000 18-year-olds will become eligible to vote this year.2MARRY[only before noun] an eligible man or woman would be good to marry because they are rich, attractive, and not marriedStephen was regarded as an eligible bachelor. —eligibility /ˌelɪdʒəˈbɪləti/ noun [uncountable]
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eligible• There may be no extra people to serve as controls; the program serves everybody eligible and interested.• The world sawJack as a rich eligiblebachelor, but really he was very shy.• He's America's most eligible bachelor.• The group passes on to the Bank names of members eligible for a loan.• For example, Wilson wanted new recipients to be eligible for aid for only one year, but Democrats wanted two years.• Only Grades 7 to 4 are eligible for performance-related earnings and a LondonWeightingAllowance of £1750 is payable on top.• His father had suggested several eligiblemiddleclassgirls to him.• People aged over 16 and receiving higher Attendance Allowance are eligible to apply.• Last monthdisagreements about who should be eligible to vote brought registration to a halt.• The majority of eligiblevoters said they would rather not castballots, leading to the worstpercentage voter turnout since 1924.eligible for• If you're over 65, you're eligible for a discount.eligible bachelor• I have it on good authority, meanwhile, that Manny is an eligible bachelor.• Many would regard him, I think, as an eligible bachelor.From Longman Business Dictionaryeligibleel‧i‧gi‧ble /ˈelədʒəbəl/ adjectiveallowed to do something or receive somethingeligible forAre you eligible for social security benefits? —eligibility noun [uncountable]Some member countries have raised questions about Turkey’s eligibility to join the European Union.