qual·i·fy verb \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī\
: to give (someone) the necessary skill or knowledge to do a particular job or activity
: to have the necessary skill or knowledge to do a particular job or activity : to have the qualifications to do something
: to pass an exam or complete a course of study that is required in order to do something
a : to reduce from a general to a particular or restricted form : modify
b : to make less harsh or strict : moderate
c : to alter the strength or flavor of
d : to limit or modify the meaning of (as a noun)
: to characterize by naming an attribute : describe <cannot qualify it as … either glad or sorry — T. S. Eliot>
a : to fit by training, skill, or ability for a special purpose
b (1) : to declare competent or adequate : certify (2) : to invest with legal capacity : license
: to be or become fit (as for an office) : meet the required standard
: to acquire legal or competent power or capacity <has just qualified as a lawyer>
a : to exhibit a required degree of ability in a preliminary contest <qualified for the finals>
b : to shoot well enough to earn a marksmanship badge
Examples of QUALIFY
- His experience qualifies him for the job.
- The training will qualify you to sell insurance.
- They both qualify for the job.
- Did she qualify to receive financial aid?
- Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
- The win qualifies her to compete in the final race.
- The certification qualifies you to teach only in this state.
Origin of QUALIFY
Middle French qualifier,
from Medieval Latin qualificare,
from Latin qualis
First Known Use: 1533
Rhymes with QUALIFY
, azo dye
, caddis fly
, Chou En-lai
, college try
, cottage pie
, eagle eye
, evil eye
, harvest fly
, high and dry
, hip and thigh
, hook and eye
, humble pie
, kiss good-bye
, lazy eye
, old school tie
, on standby
, on the fly
, private eye
, res gestae
, robber fly
, runner's high
, set store by
, shepherd's pie
, shoofly pie
, Spanish fly
, sweetie pie
, Trans Alai
, tumble dry
, weather eye
, Windsor tie
, xanthene dye
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