[ kwol-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ /
verb (used with object), qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing.
to provide with proper or necessary skills, knowledge, credentials, etc.; make competent: to qualify oneself for a job.
to modify or limit in some way; make less strong or positive: to qualify an endorsement.
Grammar. to modify.
to make less violent, severe, or unpleasant; moderate; mitigate.
verb (used without object), qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing.
to be fitted or competent for something.
to get authority, license, power, etc., as by fulfilling required conditions, taking an oath, etc.
Sports. to demonstrate the required ability in an initial or preliminary contest: He qualified in the trials.
to fire a rifle or pistol on a target range for a score high enough to achieve a rating of marksman, sharpshooter, or expert.
Military. to pass a practical test in gunnery.
Law. to perform the actions necessary to acquire legal power or capacity: By filing a bond and taking an oath he qualified as executor.
Words nearby qualify
Origin of qualify
1525–35; < Medieval Latin quālificāre, equivalent to Latin quāl(is) of what sort + -ificāre -ify
OTHER WORDS FROM qualify
qual·i·fi·ca·to·ry [kwol-uh-fi-kuh-tawr-ree, -tohr-ee] /ˈkwɒl ə fɪ kəˌtɔr ri, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivequal·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbmis·qual·i·fy, verb, mis·qual·i·fied, mis·qual·i·fy·ing.non·qual·i·fy·ing, adjective
o·ver·qual·i·fy, verb, o·ver·qual·i·fied, o·ver·qual·i·fy·ing.pre·qual·i·fy, verb, pre·qual·i·fied, pre·qual·i·fy·ing.re·qual·i·fy, verb, re·qual·i·fied, re·qual·i·fy·ing.su·per·qual·i·fy, verb, su·per·qual·i·fied, su·per·qual·i·fy·ing.un·qual·i·fy·ing, adjectiveun·qual·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·re·qual·i·fied, adjective
synonym study for qualify
2. See modify.
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British Dictionary definitions for over-qualify
/ (ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
to provide or be provided with the abilities or attributes necessary for a task, office, duty, etchis degree qualifies him for the job; he qualifies for the job, but would he do it well?
(tr) to make less strong, harsh, or violent; moderate or restrict
(tr) to modify or change the strength or flavour of
(tr) grammar another word for modify (def. 3)
(tr) to attribute a quality to; characterize
(intr) to progress to the final stages of a competition, as by winning preliminary contests
Derived forms of qualifyqualifiable, adjectivequalificatory (ˈkwɒlɪfɪkətərɪ, -ˌkeɪ-), adjective
Word Origin for qualify
C16: from Old French qualifier, from Medieval Latin quālificāre to characterize, from Latin quālis of what kind + facere to make
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