verb (used with object), qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing.
Origin of qualify
Synonyms for qualify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for 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.