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1Having the right to do or obtain something; satisfying the appropriate conditions.‘customers who are eligible for discounts’with infinitive ‘a foreign student is eligible to attend the school’
entitled, permitted, allowed, qualifiedView synonyms
- ‘Release dates are crucial as films out this year become eligible for the 2002 Academy Awards.’
- ‘Those who have a legal case that are eligible for legal help or full legal aid will be provided with further free legal support.’
- ‘Please return all club cards if you want to be eligible for a prize.’
- ‘The list of films eligible for next year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar has been announced.’
- ‘To be eligible for this, they must be qualified for at least three years.’
- ‘A major draw will take place next month and anyone who joins in June will be eligible for all prizes.’
- ‘This is subject to winners being eligible for race competition licences.’
- ‘The family is poor and were eligible for free health care from the government.’
- ‘Walsh will be eligible for the Canadian Football League draft coming up this April.’
- ‘Also, the company's restricted list of cases eligible for compensation has been abolished.’
- ‘Wonderful for one so young, Noel will be eligible for that championship for two more years.’
- ‘It is a facility where they keep the detainees who've been designated as eligible for trial.’
- ‘Those with prior travel on public affairs passports are not eligible for this programme.’
- ‘Four or five cardinals who are eligible for the candidacy of pope could openly campaign.’
- ‘Families buying either existing private homes or newly built properties will be eligible for the scheme.’
- ‘Mr Butler becomes eligible for the payout as soon as he vacates Government House.’
- ‘Those eligible for silver or gold pins are asked to contact a committee member.’
- ‘There are two conditions that must be met in order to be eligible for these new measures.’
- ‘Frequently attending patients with five or more somatisation symptoms were eligible for the study.’
- ‘After six months of being monitored, the group becomes eligible for a bank loan.’
- 1.1 (of a person) desirable or suitable as a partner in marriage.‘the world's most eligible bachelor’
- ‘Last year's most eligible man had to bow out because he's all loved up now.’
- ‘We have plenty of eligible bachelors in these parts and quite a few eligible ladies too!’
- ‘Prince William managed to stand one of the world's most eligible women up last week when he got tied up foxhunting.’
- ‘Last month this magazine presented a list of Scotland's 100 most eligible women and men.’
- ‘Various eligible boys in the village were introduced to her - she showed no interest in any of them.’
- ‘In today's society you have the situation where there are fewer and fewer eligible men and more women so what is a woman to do?’
- ‘Hugh Grant is currently linked to Jemima Khan, who tops the list of the most eligible females.’
Late Middle English: via French from late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere ‘choose’ (see elect).
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