qualify


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 considered as something or to receive or do something:
qualify to do something: Only people over the age of 18 are qualified to vote.
qualify as: 90% of the boat people did not qualify as refugees.
qualify for: To qualify for Olympic status, a sport must be played in 50 countries and on three continents.
qualify for a discount/benefit/grant (=have the right to receive one): You may qualify for a study grant.
a ) transitive to make it possible for someone to be considered as something or to receive something:
qualify someone for something: Her income was too high to qualify her for food stamps.
qualify someone to do something: The fact that his grandparents were Irish qualified him to play in the Irish national team.
2. ) intransitive to become a member of a particular profession after a period of training or study:
fully/newly/properly qualified: a fully qualified ski instructor
a ) transitive to give someone the skills they need to become a member of a particular profession:
qualify someone to do something: It is the only course in the country that qualifies you to become a scuba instructor.
3. ) intransitive to reach a particular stage of a competition by competing successfully in an earlier stage:
It would be incredible if Brazil failed to qualify.
qualify for: What are your team's chances of qualifying for the finals?
a qualifying game/tournament/round (=one you need to win to go on to the next stage of a competition): Mexico's World Cup qualifying match against Canada
a ) to make it possible for a person or team to go on to the next stage of a competition:
qualify someone for something: Anke Huber defeated Mana Endo of Japan to qualify Germany for the second round of the World Group Fed Cup.
4. ) transitive to add something to a statement in order to change it slightly or state the situations in which it is not true:
I should qualify the diagnosis by saying that your condition may improve with diet alone.
5. ) transitive LINGUISTICS a word that qualifies another word gives more information about it. For example, in the dog barked furiously, the adverb furiously qualifies the verb barked.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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

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