Qualify meaning

kwŏlə-fī
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 "I always like to eat chicken," but then you amend that statement to say "I almost always like to eat chicken," this is an example of a time when you qualify your original statement.

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To reach the later stages of a selection process or contest by competing successfully in earlier rounds.
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To modify, limit, restrict or moderate something; especially to add conditions or requirements for an assertion to be true.
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(juggling) To throw and catch each object at least twice.

To qualify seven balls you need at least fourteen catches.

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To be or become qualified.

The performance qualifies as one of the best I've ever seen.

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To describe by giving the qualities or characteristics of.
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To make legally capable; give a specific right to; license.
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To make fit for an office, occupation, exercise of a right, etc.
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To modify; restrict; limit; make less positive.

To qualify one's approval.

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To change the strength or flavor of (a liquid, etc.)
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(gram.) To limit or modify the meaning of (a word or group of words)
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To be or become qualified, as by meeting requirements.
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To describe or characterize something by listing its qualities.
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To make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task.
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To certify or license someone for something.
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(now rare) To mitigate, alleviate (something); to make less disagreeable.
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To compete successfully in some stage of a competition and become eligible for the next stage.
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To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
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(juggling) An instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.
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(grammar) To modify the meaning of (a noun, for example).
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To moderate; soften.

To qualify a punishment.

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Origin of qualify

  • 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 quality Latin -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition