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eligibleadjective

 us   /ˈel·ɪ·dʒə·bəl/
having the ​necessaryqualities or ​fulfilling the ​necessaryconditions: an eligible ​voter You have to be ​employed six ​months to be eligible for ​medicalbenefits. 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 ​marriagepartner: The ​magazinelisted 50 of the world’s most eligible ​bachelors.
eligibility
noun [U]  us   /ˌel·ə·dʒəˈbɪl·ət̬·i/
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eligibleadjective

uk   us   /ˈel.ɪ.dʒə.bl̩/
C1 having the ​necessaryqualities or ​satisfying the ​necessaryconditions: Are you eligible for early ​retirement/​maternityleave? You might be eligible for a ​grant. Only ​people over 18 are eligible tovote. An eligible ​person is not ​married and is ​thought to be a ​suitablefuturemarriagepartner, ​especially because they are ​rich and ​attractive: I can ​think of several eligible bachelors of my ​acquaintance.
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uk   /ˌel.ɪ.dʒəˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
I'll have to ​check her eligibility to take ​part. The eligibility ​rulesprevent under-18s being in the ​team.
(Definition of eligible from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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eligibleadjective

uk   us   /ˈelɪdʒəbl/
allowed to do or receive something because you satisfy ​certainconditions: eligible citizens/customers/employees The ​company will ​offer its 104,000 eligible ​employees a ​stockoptionscheme this ​year.eligible to do sth Nearly two-thirds of the company's ​currentemployees 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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