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.


Nearby words

  1. qualification,
  2. qualificator,
  3. qualified,
  4. qualified majority voting,
  5. qualifier,
  6. qualitative,
  7. qualitative analysis,
  8. qualitative identity,
  9. quality,
  10. quality assurance

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 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 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 qualify

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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