Qualify Definition

qualified, qualifies, qualifying
qualified, qualifies, qualifying
To describe by giving the qualities or characteristics of.
Webster's New World
To make fit for an office, occupation, exercise of a right, etc.
Webster's New World
To make legally capable; give a specific right to; license.
Webster's New World
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?
American Heritage
To be or become qualified, as by meeting requirements.
Webster's New World
(juggling) An instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.

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

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