Meaning of “qualifier” in the English Dictionary

"qualifier" in British English

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qualifiernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.faɪ.ər/ us /ˈkwɑː.lə.faɪ.ɚ/

qualifier noun [ C ] (COMPETITION)

a team or person who has won part of a competition and is therefore competing in the next part of it:

The qualifiers from the first round will advance to the quarter final.

a game from which the winner will go on to compete in the next part of a competition:

Belgium and Italy are playing in tonight's qualifier.

(Definition of “qualifier” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)