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verb qual·i·fy \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī\

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. transitive verb
  2. 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)

  3. 2 :  to characterize by naming an attribute :  describe <cannot qualify it as … either glad or sorry — T. S. Eliot>

  4. 3 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

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to be or become fit (as for an office) :  meet the required standard

  7. 2 :  to acquire legal or competent power or capacity <has just qualified as a lawyer>

  8. 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

  1. His experience qualifies him for the job.

  2. The training will qualify you to sell insurance.

  3. They both qualify for the job.

  4. Did she qualify to receive financial aid?

  5. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

  6. The win qualifies her to compete in the final race.

  7. 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

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QUALIFY Defined for Kids


verb qual·i·fy \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī\

Definition of qualify


  1. 1 :  to give the training, skill, or ability needed for a special purpose <His experience qualifies him for the job.>

  2. 2 :  to have or show the skill or ability needed for a special purpose or event <They both qualify for the job.>

  3. 3 :  to narrow down or make less general in meaning <I qualify my statement.> <Adverbs qualify verbs.>

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