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 In particular, some taxpayers might qualify for a credit that exceeds their stimulus payment — based on lower income or other factors — and thus could claim the difference next year. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Pay attention to these key tax changes caused by coronavirus pandemic," 29 June 2020 In several of the 16 states where voters must provide an excuse to receive an absentee ballot – being over 65 years old, out of town during Election Day or in the military, for example – concerns about coronavirus now qualify as a reason. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "No presidential winner on election night? Mail-in ballots could put outcome in doubt for weeks," 28 June 2020 In his handwritten appeal, Rudolph argues that under his interpretation of the law, his acts no longer qualify as crimes of violence. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph wants out of prison," 25 June 2020 The son does not qualify for the benefits due to his Social Security benefits. cleveland, "Woman’s ex-boyfriend never returns after she gives him her credit card: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 25 June 2020 Players who play the 60-game schedule will qualify for a full season of service time, meaning that Mike Minor, Shin-Soo Choo and Jeff Mathis would all be free agents. Dallas News, "What’s next for MLB? Evan Grant answers questions about a season unlike any other and what it means for the Rangers," 23 June 2020 The top three teams qualify for a place in the Champions League. Jack Guy And Darya Tarasova, CNN, "A Russian football team lost a key match 10-1 after Covid-19 forced it to field youth team," 22 June 2020 But Texas was in rebellion, and its black population did qualify for freedom on January 1, 1863, when the proclamation took effect. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom," 19 June 2020 Or would someone like Emilio, a hotel maintenance worker who moonlights as an Instacart delivery worker and disaster relief volunteer, qualify? Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "America Owes More to Its “Essential” Immigrant Workers," 19 June 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Qualify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualify. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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qualify

verb
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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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