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qualifier

[ kwol-uh-fahy-er ]
/ ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ ər /
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noun

a person or thing that qualifies.
Grammar.
  1. a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier.
  2. an adverb that modifies adjectives or other adverbs and typically expresses degree or intensity, as very, somewhat, or quite.

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Origin of qualifier

First recorded in 1555–65; qualify + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for qualifier

qualifier
/ (ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪə) /

noun

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 (def. 1)
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