Definition of eligible in English:

eligible

adjective

often eligible for/to do something
  • 1Having the right to do or obtain something; satisfying the appropriate conditions.

    ‘customers who are eligible for discounts’
    ‘eligible candidates’
    • ‘This is subject to winners being eligible for race competition licences.’
    • ‘There are two conditions that must be met in order to be eligible for these new measures.’
    • ‘Four or five cardinals who are eligible for the candidacy of pope could openly campaign.’
    • ‘Frequently attending patients with five or more somatisation symptoms were eligible for the study.’
    • ‘To be eligible for this, they must be qualified for at least three years.’
    • ‘After six months of being monitored, the group becomes eligible for a bank loan.’
    • ‘Mr Butler becomes eligible for the payout as soon as he vacates Government House.’
    • ‘Wonderful for one so young, Noel will be eligible for that championship for two more years.’
    • ‘Families buying either existing private homes or newly built properties will be eligible for the scheme.’
    • ‘Release dates are crucial as films out this year become eligible for the 2002 Academy Awards.’
    • ‘Those with prior travel on public affairs passports are not eligible for this programme.’
    • ‘The family is poor and were eligible for free health care from the government.’
    • ‘It is a facility where they keep the detainees who've been designated as eligible for trial.’
    • ‘Those who have a legal case that are eligible for legal help or full legal aid will be provided with further free legal support.’
    • ‘Walsh will be eligible for the Canadian Football League draft coming up this April.’
    • ‘Please return all club cards if you want to be eligible for a prize.’
    • ‘Those eligible for silver or gold pins are asked to contact a committee member.’
    • ‘A major draw will take place next month and anyone who joins in June will be eligible for all prizes.’
    • ‘Also, the company's restricted list of cases eligible for compensation has been abolished.’
    • ‘The list of films eligible for next year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar has been announced.’
    entitled, permitted, allowed, qualified
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    1. 1.1(of a person) desirable or suitable as a partner in marriage.
      ‘the world's most eligible bachelor’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Last year's most eligible man had to bow out because he's all loved up now.’
      • ‘Various eligible boys in the village were introduced to her - she showed no interest in any of them.’
      • ‘Hugh Grant is currently linked to Jemima Khan, who tops the list of the most eligible females.’
      desirable
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Origin

Late Middle English via French from late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere ‘choose’ (see elect).

Pronunciation

eligible

/ˈɛlɪdʒɪb(ə)l/