qualified

[ kwol-uh-fahyd ]
/ ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪd /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. quaky,
  2. quale,
  3. qualifiable,
  4. qualification,
  5. qualificator,
  6. qualified majority voting,
  7. qualifier,
  8. qualify,
  9. qualitative,
  10. qualitative analysis

Origin of qualified

First recorded in 1550–60; qualify + -ed2

Related forms

qualify

[ kwol-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ /

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

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

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See modify.

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British Dictionary definitions for qualified

qualified

/ (ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪd) /

adjective

having the abilities, qualities, attributes, etc, necessary to perform a particular job or task
limited, modified, or restricted; not absolute

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 Formsqualifiable, 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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Word Origin and History for qualified

qualify

v.

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.

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