Qualifying
Qualify Qual"i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Qualified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Qualifying}.] [F. qualifier, LL. qualificare, fr. L. qualis how constituted, as + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Quality}, and {-Fy}.] 1. To make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity. [1913 Webster]

He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate. [1913 Webster]

It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

3. To reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition. [1913 Webster]

4. Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors. [1913 Webster]

I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire, But qualify the fire's extreme rage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

In short space he has them qualified. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To fit; equip; prepare; adapt; capacitate; enable; modify; soften; restrict; restrain; temper. [1913 Webster]


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