- 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.
transitive verbqualified, qualifying
- 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 of qualifyFrench qualifier ; from Medieval Latin qualificare ; from Classical Latin qualis, of what kind (see quale) + facere, to make, do
verbqual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing, qual·i·fies
- a. To make competent or eligible for an office, position, or task: Your experience qualifies you for this job.b. To declare competent or capable, as to practice a profession; certify: This diploma qualifies you to teach in public schools.c. To render deserving of a descriptor by having or enumerating certain necessary characteristics: Do the student's ongoing difficulties in class qualify his situation as a medical problem?
- a. To modify, limit, or restrict, as by listing exceptions or reservations: I would qualify my praise of his enthusiasm with a warning about rashness.b. To make less harsh or severe; moderate: I qualified my criticism to avoid offending anyone. See Synonyms at moderate.
- Grammar To modify the meaning of (a noun, for example).
- To be or become qualified: The performance qualifies as one of the best I've ever seen.
- To reach the later stages of a selection process or contest by competing successfully in earlier rounds.
Origin of qualifyFrom 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.
(third-person singular simple present qualifies, present participle qualifying, simple past and past participle qualified)
- To describe or characterize something by listing its qualities.
- To make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task.
- To certify or license someone for something.
- To modify, limit, restrict or moderate something; especially to add conditions or requirements for an assertion to be true.
- (now rare) To mitigate, alleviate (something); to make less disagreeable.
- To compete successfully in some stage of a competition and become eligible for the next stage.
- To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
- (juggling) To throw and catch each object at least twice.
- to qualify seven balls you need at least fourteen catches
- (juggling) An instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.