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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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qualifierqual‧i‧fi‧er /ˈkwɒləfaɪə $ ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪər/ noun [countable]  1 DSsomeone who has reached the necessary standard for entering a competition, especially by defeating other competitors He’s among the qualifiers for the Lancome Trophy at Paris.2 DSa game that you have to win in order to be able to take part in a competition the World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands3 technicalSLG a word or phrase that limits or adds to the meaning of another word or phrase
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qualifierThe day began with the men's semi final, 28 qualifiers competing for eight places in the final.Ramoz is a qualifier for the National Rodeo Finals.Syntax 6.2.1 Star commands and their associated qualifiers are converted from lower-case to upper-case if necessary.The Masters qualifier will be played on the morning of the opening day.Other anglers were desperately seeking tickets in a Kamasan points qualifier.The U.S. beat Panama in the Olympic soccer qualifier.
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