Simple Definition of qualify
: 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
Full Definition of qualify
1 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)
2 : to characterize by naming an attribute : describe <cannot qualify it as … either glad or sorry — T. S. Eliot>
1 : to be or become fit (as for an office) : meet the required standard
2 : to acquire legal or competent power or capacity <has just qualified as a lawyer>
3 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 in a sentence
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
abide by, Adonai, alibi, alkali, amplify, apple-pie, argufy, assegai, azo dye, basify, beautify, butterfly, by-and-by, caddis fly, calcify, certify, Chou En-lai, citify, clarify, classify, coalify, cockneyfy, codify, college try, cottage pie, crucify, cut-and-try, cutie-pie, DIY, damnify, damselfly, dandify, deify, densify, dignify, dobsonfly, do-or-die, dragonfly, dulcify, eagle eye, edify, evil eye, falsify, fancify, fortify, frenchify, fructify, gasify, Gemini, gentrify, glorify, goggle-eye, goldeneye, gratify, Haggai, harvest fly, hexerei, high and dry, hip and thigh, Hokusai, hook and eye, horrify, hoverfly, humble pie, Iceni, justify, kiss good-bye, lazy eye, lignify, liquefy, lithify, Lorelei, lullaby, Madurai, magnify, Malachi, Maracay, minify, modify, mollify, Molokai, Mordecai, mortify, multi-ply, multiply, mummify, mystify, nazify, notify, nullify, occupy, old school tie, on standby, on the fly, ossify, overbuy, overfly, overlie, pacify, Paraguay, passerby, peccavi, petrify, PPI, preachify, prettify, private eye, prophesy, purify, putrefy, quantify, ramify, rarefy, ratify, RBI, rectify, reify, res gestae, robber fly, runner's high, Russify, samurai, sanctify, satisfy, scarify, schwarmerei, semidry, set store by, shepherd's pie, shoofly pie, signify, simplify, Spanish fly, specify, speechify, stratify, stultify, stupefy, sweetie pie, Tenebrae, terrify, testify, tie-and-dye, tigereye, Trans Alai, tumble dry, typify, uglify, underlie, unify, Uruguay, Veneti, verify, versify, vilify, vinify, vitrify, vivify, weather eye, Windsor tie, xanthene dye, yuppify, zombify
QUALIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of qualify for Students
1 : to give the training, skill, or ability needed for a special purpose <His experience qualifies him for the job.>
2 : to have or show the skill or ability needed for a special purpose or event <They both qualify for the job.>
3 : to narrow down or make less general in meaning <I qualify my statement.> <Adverbs qualify verbs.>
Legal Definition of qualify
1 : to limit or modify in some way
2 : to make or consider eligible or fit <his training and experience qualified him as an expert witness>
3 : to issue a certificate or license to
1 : to meet certain requirements or criteria <qualify for a tax credit>
2 : to acquire competent power or capacity <has just qualified as a lawyer>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up qualify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).