- 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.
- to attribute some quality or qualities to; characterize, call, or name: She cannot qualify his attitude as either rational or irrational.
- to modify or alter the flavor or strength of: He qualified his coffee with a few drops of brandy.
- Law. to certify as legally competent.
- 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.
Origin of qualify
- 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
Word Origin and History for over-qualify
mid-15c., "to invest with a quality," from Middle French qualifier (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin qualificare "attribute a quality to; make of a certain quality," from Latin qualis "of what sort?," correlative pronomial adjective (see quality) + facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to limit, modify" is from 1530s. Sense of "be fit for a job" first appeared 1580s. Related: Qualified; qualifying.