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 Though Candece has over 19 years’ experience and 140 credits to her name — and the more than 500-working days suggested by SAG-AFTRA to qualify as a stunt coordinator herself — she hasn’t been given the chance to take on the challenge. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Black Stuntwomen Are Ready To Fight — Will Hollywood Let Them?," 3 Aug. 2020 Joseph Bramlett became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur, at age 14 in 2002, and went on to play at Stanford before reaching the PGA Tour. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area African Americans reflect on their life in golf: ‘I used to get tormented’," 3 Aug. 2020 The level of competition is linked to the volume of players who competed to qualify for the open this year, which was high than usual, according to Brooks. Jack Williams, The Arizona Republic, "77th Arizona Open Championship to be cautious, competitive," 1 Aug. 2020 In contrast with similar national awards, such as the Turner Prize and the Ivor Novello songwriting awards, applicants for the Mercury Prize and Brit Awards must show proof of citizenship to qualify. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "British-Japanese pop singer Rina Sawayama says her nationality bars her from top music prizes," 29 July 2020 Jerry Savoie, who has 12 career NHRA wins, failed to qualify in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Tommy Johnson earns No. 1 Funny Car qualifying spot, Tony Schumacher qualifies in NHRA return," 11 July 2020 Companies typically must have fewer than 500 workers to qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program. Washington Post, "Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans," 7 July 2020 Companies typically must have fewer than 500 workers to qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program. Brian Slodysko, Anchorage Daily News, "Big Trump donors were among the very earliest recipients of pandemic-relief loans," 7 July 2020 The Olguin family was $47 over the income threshold, but reworked their taxes to qualify. Benjamin Yount, Washington Examiner, "Wisconsin school choice supporters declare victory in agreement with state education office," 6 July 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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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Qualify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualify. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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qualify

verb
How to pronounce qualify (audio)

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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