Eligible vs Qualify - What's the difference?

eligible | qualify |


As nouns the difference between eligible and qualify

is that eligible is one who is eligible while qualify is (juggling) an instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.

As a adjective eligible

is suitable; meeting the conditions; worthy of being chosen.

As a verb qualify is

to describe or characterize something by listing its qualities.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

eligible

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Suitable; meeting the conditions; worthy of being chosen; allowed to do something.
  • Usage notes

    Used in the phrase (eligible bachelor) to mean “desirable male”, the corresponding term for a woman is nubile.

    Synonyms

    * qualified

    Antonyms

    * ineligible * unqualified

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One who is eligible.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=October 3, author=Diane Ravitch, title=Get Congress Out of the Classroom, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Federal agencies report that only about 1 percent of eligible students take advantage of switching schools and fewer than 20 percent of eligibles receive extra tutoring.}}

    qualify

    English

    Verb

  • To describe or characterize something by listing its qualities.
  • To make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task.
  • * Macaulay
  • He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession.
  • To certify or license someone for something.
  • To modify, limit, restrict or moderate something; especially to add conditions or requirements for an assertion to be true.
  • *1598 , Shakespeare,
  • *:O! never say that I was false of heart,
  • *:Though absence seem'd my flame to qualify
  • To mitigate, alleviate (something); to make less disagreeable.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.vi:
  • he balmes and herbes thereto applyde, / And euermore with mighty spels them charmd, / That in short space he has them qualifyde , / And him restor'd to health, that would haue algates dyde.
  • To compete successfully in some stage of a competition and become eligible for the next stage.
  • To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • It hath no larynx to qualify the sound.
  • (juggling) To throw and catch each object at least twice.
  • Antonyms

    * unqualify

    Noun

  • (juggling) An instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.