Definition of qualify
1a : to reduce from a general to a particular or restricted form : modifyb : to make less harsh or strict : moderatec : to alter the strength or flavor ofd : 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
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 finalsb : 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 of qualify from the Web
His friend’s vineyard of Rosso di Montalcino now qualifies for the upgraded, highly coveted Brunello status.
The Kushner Cos. engaged in a bit of creative mapmaking to qualify one of its buildings in a booming New Jersey waterfront neighborhood across from Manhattan for a federal visa-for-investment program targeting struggling areas.
Real Madrid drops a place in the rankings despite winning its first Spanish title in five years and qualifying for the Champions League final that will be played in Cardiff on June 3.
Despite qualifying for the Class 3A state 800 and 1,600 meters races, Kern elected to forgo the 1,600 at state.
The junior boys’ pole vaulter focused his sights on qualifying for the 99th CIF State Track and Field Championships.
It's been a rollercoaster trip to Indianapolis for Dixon, a New Zealander who turned the fastest qualifying laps since 1996 to land on the pole.
After rain kept attendance low, the NJCAA Division I tournament moved to Grand Junction on a trial run for one year — with the caveat that Mesa College, the local team, automatically qualify to draw fans.
Assistant Principal Gene Teel said the teen was one of 125 students who qualified for the trip through the school's privilege program which rewards students for grades, attendance and behavior.
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Origin and Etymology of qualify
Middle French qualifier, from Medieval Latin qualificare, from Latin qualis
First Known Use: 1533
QUALIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of qualify for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of qualify for Students
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.
Legal Definition of qualify
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
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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