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qualify

[ kwol-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), qual·i·fied, qual·i·fy·ing.
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Origin of qualify

1525–35; <Medieval Latin quālificāre, equivalent to Latin quāl(is) of what sort + -ificāre-ify

synonym study for qualify

2. See modify.

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British Dictionary definitions for qualify

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 qualify

qualifiable, 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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