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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Workers would need to have been hired at a hospital as of September to qualify for the retention pay. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 One early estimate was that as many as 490,000 people could wind up being covered, in part because people don’t have to prove their sickness is related to the Sept. 11 attacks to qualify. David B. Caruso, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 Justin Rose needs to win the BMW PGA Championship to qualify automatically for a fifth straight appearance at the Ryder Cup for Team Europe. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Workers will not need legal status to qualify, officials said. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 Dare to dream At least one NFL team each season since 2003 has won its division a year after failing to qualify for the playoffs. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Eligibility Establish guidelines for employees to qualify for the employee perk of remote working. Edward Segal, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 If Argentina is found to be at fault, Brazil will likely be awarded a 3-0 victory by default, helping its bid to qualify for next year's World Cup in Qatar. Rob Harris, ajc, 7 Sep. 2021 Children younger than 12 remain ineligible for the vaccines, though they are expected to qualify for vaccinations by the end of the year. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of qualify was in 1533

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12 Sep 2021

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“Qualify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualify. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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