qualify

verb
qual·​i·​fy | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce qualify (audio) \
qualified; qualifying

Definition of qualify

transitive verb

1a : 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 qualify a noun
2 : to characterize by naming an attribute : describe cannot qualify it as … either glad or sorry— T. S. Eliot
3a : 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

intransitive verb

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
3a : 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

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Synonyms for qualify

Synonyms

modify

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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.
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There's no shortage of material possessions that spark joy for me: sweatpants that qualify as daywear, croissants of every variety, and $435 LED face masks that double as Instagram props. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019 Craftier types will appreciate the quilted floral-print jacket and oversize vest, almost country-ish in their attitude, which qualified as the most surprising elements of the show. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 12 Shows of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2019," 6 Mar. 2019 Versions of the latter two sizes come with wire basket drawers, while the 15-inch cabinets have the option of glass front doors—ideal if your dry goods storage qualifies as #thingsorganizedneatly—and a handful of different drawer combinations. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Pantry," 11 Feb. 2019 There’s no entry fee, and some schools that qualify will be eligible for a free kit that includes a drone and a programmable robot. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Hey, students: Design a drone/robot combo for a virtual moon landing, and you could win a trip to NASA," 11 Feb. 2019 In fact, there’s hardly anything that qualifies as dialogue in this film, with only a few words spoken throughout. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Arctic is a pure distillation of the man vs. nature genre," 1 Feb. 2019 The report concludes that the U.S. currently has 1,300 neighborhoods home to about 7 million Americans which qualify as diverse, mixed-income communities. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Can they be created without displacing anyone?," 21 Aug. 2018 Over 100,000 residents making up the food desert population qualified as children. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Feast aims to improve Chicago's food deserts through community-focused music and arts," 12 July 2018 The fact that all eight of the scheduled opening performers qualify as cult acts with relatively small followings may have served to dampen advance ticket sales. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "91X cancels X-Fest 2018, which was to have been headlined by Beck and Death Cab for Cutie," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of qualify

1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for qualify

Middle French qualifier, from Medieval Latin qualificare, from Latin qualis

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qualify

verb

English Language Learners 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

qualify

verb
qual·​i·​fy | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce qualify (audio) \
qualified; qualifying

Kids Definition of qualify

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.

qualify

verb
qual·​i·​fy | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce qualify (audio) \
qualified; qualifying

Legal Definition of qualify

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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