[ kwol-uh-fahy-er ]
/ ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ ər /
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a person or thing that qualifies.
  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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What is a qualifier?

A qualifier is a person or thing that provides necessary skills or properties, as in The qualifier to enter the race was an ability to run the track three times without stopping.

In grammar, a qualifier is a word that modifies another, as with adjectives and adverbs. When someone asks you to hand them the blue book, they are telling you something about the book so you know which one they want. Blue is modifying book. In other words, it’s acting as a qualifier.

Example: The qualifier advanced to the next round of the competition.

Where does qualifier come from?

The first records of the term qualifier come from the mid-1500s. It combines the term qualify, meaning “to provide with the necessary skills,” and the suffix er, which designates something as being attached to the base verb, as in creeper and bearer.

Tournaments and similar events often have qualifier rounds or qualifier meets, in which people compete to qualify for a future event. When someone who enters into one of these events wins or advances, they themselves become a qualifier.

Adverb qualifiers often identify the degree or intensity of the word they qualify, such as very, somewhat, or absolutely.

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How is qualifier used in real life?

Qualifier is most often used to refer to a person or thing that qualifies.



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The only qualifier for entering the pie-eating contest was to be hungry!

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British Dictionary definitions for qualifier

/ (ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪə) /

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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