Definition of prequalify in English:

prequalify

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Qualify in advance to take part in something.

    ‘players who fail at the prequalifying stage’
    • ‘With rain forecast for the end of the final qualifying session, many drivers went out of their way to avoid being fastest in pre-qualifying and therefore last to run in the qualifying session that determines starting positions.’
    • ‘‘The parties had to reach a high threshold to pre-qualify and we now look forward to inviting them to submit detailed bids outlining what they will do for passengers and taxpayers,’ added Mr Bowker.’
    • ‘The mortgage application form can be filed out prior to the trip and, on payment of a credit check fee of $125, the potential purchaser can pre-qualify without being tied to any particular property.’
    • ‘And less than two weeks after that, he was reduced to pre-qualifying for the Open.’
    • ‘It's a problem in a way because you are always at the front in pre-qualifying and that can make it very difficult.’
    • ‘It allows the agency to be found and pre-qualified and gets them into pitches.’
    • ‘There are five phases over six days, beginning with pre-qualifying in which competitors without priority status can make it to the 128-man field.’
    • ‘Then let the bureaucrats pre-qualify the bidders by carefully scrutinizing their track records, resources and proposed fees.’
    • ‘Neither New Zealand nor Great Britain managed to pre-qualify for next year's Olympic Games and will have to travel to Madrid in March to take part in the dreaded Qualifier.’
    • ‘In this article, we'll go over the preliminary steps of getting pre-qualified and/or pre-approved for a mortgage, and then we examine the different types of lenders.’
    • ‘‘There are four pre-qualifying events which all take place at the same time - between March 31 and April 1,’ said Wheatley.’
    • ‘If he retains that level throughout the season, Gray will not have to pre-qualify for the World Championships at The Crucible in Sheffield in April.’
    • ‘He is reconciled to pre-qualifying for the US Open, dismissing suggestions that victory in Germany could change the situation for the better.’
    • ‘Few schools did take the initiative of pre-qualifying the transport contractors and assessing the quality of their fleets.’
    • ‘His aim was to get through five matches to progress through pre-qualifying to qualifying proper for the televised tournament.’
    • ‘‘There may well be a chance of playing in the Hong Kong Open next month if some of the bigger names pull out and I might even go to South Africa to try to pre-qualify for their tour early next year,’ he added.’
    • ‘Therefore, a kiosk must be installed in retail stores that enables users to pre-qualify for service at the point of sale.’
    • ‘So go get pre-approved, get pre-qualified when you get into the marketplace, so you're positioned to make a good deal…’

Pronunciation:

prequalify

/prēˈkwäləˌfī/