If you get good grades, volunteer at the hospital, play varsity sports, and write for your school paper, you might be eligible for a college scholarship.

If you’re eligible for something, you’re either qualified for it or allowed to do it. You’re eligible for unemployment benefits if you’ve recently been laid off, but not if you've never had a job in the first place. You may not be eligible to enter a sweepstakes if you work for the company giving away the money. Neither your dog nor your friend from Australia is eligible to run for president of the United States, but you might be!

Definitions of eligible

adj qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen

eligible to run for office”
eligible for retirement benefits”
“an eligible bachelor”
eligible for bail
desirable, suitable, worthy
worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
qualified for by right according to law
in line
awaiting something; especially something due
allowed by official rules
entitled to receive a pension
meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
not eligible
disqualified by law or rule or provision
barred from competition for violation of rules
undesirable, unsuitable
not worthy of being chosen (especially as a spouse)
unentitled, unqualified
having no right or entitlement
not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
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