Definition of qualify
- qualify a noun
- cannot qualify it as … either glad or sorry
- —T. S. Eliot
- has just qualified as a lawyer
- qualified for the finals
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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First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
: 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
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