- To qualify is to be entitled to something or to fit the requirements of something, or to modify or soften a statement or action.
- When a job requires a college degree and you have a college degree, this is an example of a time when you qualify for the job.
- When you make a low income and are entitled to receive welfare benefits, this is an example of a time when you qualify for benefits.
- When you say "Ialways like to eat chicken," but then you amend that statement to say "Ialmost always like to eat chicken," this is an example of a time when you qualify your original statement.
qualify definition by Webster's New World
- to describe by giving the qualities or characteristics of
- to make fit for an office, occupation, exercise of a right, etc.
- to make legally capable; give a specific right to; license
- to modify; restrict; limit; make less positive: to qualify one's approval
- to moderate; soften: to qualify a punishment
- to change the strength or flavor of (a liquid, etc.)
- Gram. to limit or modify the meaning of (a word or group of words)
Origin: French qualifier ; from Midieval Latin qualificare ; from Classical Latin qualis, of what kind (see quale) plush facere, to make, do
qualify definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing, qual·i·fies verb, transitive
- To describe by enumerating the characteristics or qualities of; characterize.
- To make competent or eligible for an office, position, or task.
- a. To declare competent or capable; certify.b. To make legally capable; license.
- To modify, limit, or restrict, as by giving exceptions.
- To make less harsh or severe; moderate. See Synonyms at moderate.
- Grammar To modify the meaning of (a noun, for example).
- To be or become qualified.
- To reach the later stages of a selection process or contest by competing successfully in earlier rounds.
Origin: From French qualifier (from Old French) and from Middle English qualifien, to specify the time and place of a document's execution, both from Medieval Latin quālificāre, to attribute a quality to : Latin quālis, of such a kind; see quality + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
- qualˈi·fiˌa·ble adjective
qualify - Business Definition
- To meet requirements for obtaining credit. For example, a potential homebuyer must comply with lender-established standards with regard to income and credit history in order to qualify for a mortgage loan.
- To meet the standards established for obtaining a job. For example, a firm may stipulate that job applicants possess an earned college degree in accounting plus two years' experience to qualify for a job opening.
- To include a stipulation in a contract. For example, a contract to purchase a home is qualified with a restriction that the structure must be moved from the property within six months of purchase.