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"eligible" in British English

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eligibleadjective

uk   /ˈel.ɪ.dʒə.bəl/ us   /ˈel.ə.dʒə.bəl/
C1 having the necessary qualities or satisfying the necessary conditions: Are you eligible for early retirement/maternity leave? You might be eligible for a grant. Only people over 18 are eligible to vote.
An eligible person is not married and is thought to be a suitable future marriage partner, especially because they are rich and attractive: I can think of several eligible bachelors of my acquaintance.

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eligibility
uk   /ˌel.ɪ.dʒəˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us   /ˌel.ə.dʒəˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
I'll have to check her eligibility to take part. The eligibility rules prevent under-18s being in the team.
(Definition of eligible from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"eligible" in American English

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eligibleadjective

us   /ˈel·ɪ·dʒə·bəl/
having the necessary qualities or fulfilling the necessary conditions: an eligible voter You have to be employed six months to be eligible for medical benefits.
If you refer to a man or a woman as eligible, you mean the man or woman is not married and is desirable as a marriage partner: The magazine listed 50 of the world’s most eligible bachelors.
eligibility
noun [U] us   /ˌel·ə·dʒəˈbɪl·ət̬·i/
(Definition of eligible from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"eligible" in Business English

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eligibleadjective

uk   /ˈelɪdʒəbl/ us  
allowed to do or receive something because you satisfy certain conditions: eligible citizens/customers/employees The company will offer its 104,000 eligible employees a stock option scheme this year.eligible to do sth Nearly two-thirds of the company's current employees will be eligible to retire within five years. Of 9,475 students, 1,323 were eligible for a scholarship.
(Definition of eligible from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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