qualify
verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle French qualifier, from Medieval Latin qualificare, from Latin qualis Date: 1533 transitive verb 1. a. to reduce from a general to a particular or restricted form ; modify b. to make less harsh or strict ; moderate c. to alter the strength or flavor of d. to limit or modify the meaning of (as a noun) 2. to characterize by naming an attribute ; describe <
cannot qualify it as…either glad or sorry — T. S. Eliot
>
3. a. to fit by training, skill, or ability for a special purpose b. (1) to declare competent or adequate ; certify (2) to invest with legal capacity ; license intransitive verb 1. to be or become fit (as for an office) ; meet the required standard 2. to acquire legal or competent power or capacity <
has just qualified as a lawyer
>
3. a. to exhibit a required degree of ability in a preliminary contest <
qualified for the finals
>
b. to shoot well enough to earn a marksmanship badge

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  • qualify — qual·i·fy / kwä lə ˌfī/ vb fied, fy·ing vt 1: to limit or modify in some way 2: to make or consider eligible or fit his training and experience qualified him as an expert witness 3: to issue a certificate …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • qualify — [v1] make or become ready, prepared authorize, capacitate, certify, check out, come up to snuff*, commission, condition, cut it*, earn one’s wings*, empower, enable, endow, entitle, equip, fill the bill*, fit, get by*, ground, hack it*, make it* …   New thesaurus

  • qualify — [kwôl′ə fī΄, kwäl′ə fī΄] vt. qualified, qualifying [Fr qualifier < ML qualificare < L qualis, of what kind (see QUALE) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to describe by giving the qualities or characteristics of 2. to make fit for an office,… …   English World dictionary

  • qualify — ► VERB (qualifies, qualified) 1) (often qualify for) meet the necessary standard or conditions to be entitled to or eligible for something. 2) become officially recognized as a practitioner of a profession or activity, typically after study and… …   English terms dictionary

  • Qualify — Qual i*fy, v. i. 1. To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment. [1913 Webster] 2. To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • qualify — (v.) mid 15c., to invest with a quality, from M.L. qualificare attribute a quality to, from L. qualis of what sort (see QUALITY (Cf. quality)) + facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Sense of be fit for a job first appeared 1580s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • qualify — 1 *moderate, temper Analogous words: modify, vary, alter, *change: *adapt, adjust, conform, accommodate, reconcile 2 *characterize, distinguish, mark Analogous words: *ascribe, impute, attribute, assign: pre …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • qualify — qual|i|fy [ kwalə,faı ] verb *** ▸ 1 have qualities for something ▸ 2 join profession ▸ 3 reach competition stage ▸ 4 change a statement ▸ 5 in linguistics 1. ) intransitive to have the right qualities or be in the right situation to be… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • qualify */*/*/ — UK [ˈkwɒlɪfaɪ] / US [ˈkwɑləˌfaɪ] verb Word forms qualify : present tense I/you/we/they qualify he/she/it qualifies present participle qualifying past tense qualified past participle qualified 1) a) [intransitive] to become a member of a… …   English dictionary

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