qualify

verb

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

transitive verb

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
qualify a noun
2
: to characterize by naming an attribute : describe
cannot qualify it as … either glad or sorryT. S. Eliot
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

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
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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web For example, a $200,000 lump sum placed recently into an income annuity would qualify for a payment of about $1,200 a month for life, Morningstar said. The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2024 Answer: You generally must be married for at least nine months to qualify for Social Security survivor benefits. Liz Weston, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2024 Corona and Orange Lutheran qualified for the final after walk-off wins in the semifinals. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Individuals and households that reside or have a business in these localities qualify for tax relief. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2024 In the sport's nearly 75-year history, only two women have qualified for Formula One, and only one driver, Lella Lombardi, scored points during a race in 1975. Doc Louallen, ABC News, 12 Apr. 2024 Hoping to leverage popular resistance to tax increases, business and anti-tax groups led by the California Business Roundtable have qualified a measure for the November ballot that would make raising state and local taxes much more difficult. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Laws to qualify to run for president vary by state − and the team of lawyers hired by the DNC intend to scrutinize Kennedy's efforts. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 Embezzlement of as little as 500 million Vietnamese dong — $20,000 — of government funds qualifies for such punishment, according to the group. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of qualify was in 1533

Dictionary Entries Near qualify

Cite this Entry

“Qualify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualify. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

qualify

verb
qual·​i·​fy ˈkwäl-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce qualify (audio)
qualified; qualifying
1
a
: to make less general or more limited : modify
qualify a statement
b
: to make less harsh or strict : moderate
qualify a punishment
c
: to limit the meaning of (as a noun)
2
: to describe in a particular way
would you qualify her as smart
3
a
: to fit or be fit (as by training, skill, or ability) for a special purpose
qualify for a race
b
: license entry 2
qualified to practice law

Legal Definition

qualify

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

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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