- having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office, or the like.
- having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.
- modified, limited, or restricted in some way: a qualified endorsement.
Origin of qualified
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- 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
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Examples from the Web for qualified
But if Democrats are faced with the reality of a glut of qualified candidates, Republicans are assembling more of a fantasy team.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
Muslim Samantha Elauf was qualified to work at A & F—except that she wore a hijab.
The assistant manager at the A&F store had found Elauf qualified for the position and was apparently going to hire her.
Peters qualified as an “expert” on the M16A1 in 1993 and the .38 revolver in 1995.
He qualified as “sharpshooter” on the M1911A1-45 ACP handgun in 1994.
They would certainly be desirable had we one qualified for the task.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
But this time she could get no more than a qualified promise out of me.The Prisoner of Zenda
Circumstances, I should say, qualified Bunyan perfectly well for the work which he had to do.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
This kind of political economy can only be qualified as false and deceitful.The Sexual Question
She had "just loved" them, but he had qualified his admiration.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- having the abilities, qualities, attributes, etc, necessary to perform a particular job or task
- limited, modified, or restricted; not absolute
- 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 qualified
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.