pronunciation: kwa lih faI
parts of speech: transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: qualified, qualifies, qualifying
definition 1: to make eligible or competent, as for a job; certify as competent.
The course will qualify you to be an accountant.
I don’t think that spending a week in Paris qualifies you as an expert on French culture.
synonyms: certify, license, prepare, train
similar words: condition, educate, fit, instruct, permit, ready, sanction, teach
definition 2: to modify, esp. to limit by restating in more restricted terms.
He qualified his remark by mentioning one exception.
They qualified their acceptance of the offer by stating one condition.
synonyms: limit, modify, restrict
similar words: adjust, circumscribe, condition, confine, moderate, regulate, temper, weaken
definition 3: to describe by giving the characteristics of.
How would you qualify your experience abroad; was it exciting?
synonyms: characterize, describe, modify
similar words: designate, distinguish
definition 4: to make less harsh or extreme; moderate.
She qualified her criticism of his playing by reminding him of how much he had improved.
synonyms: moderate, modify, temper
similar words: accommodate, adapt, adjust, mitigate, regulate, soften, weaken
definition 5: to modify the meaning of.
Adjectives qualify nouns.
She qualified the word “competent” with the word “fairly.”
related words: accredit, alter, enable, entitle, mince, modify, restrain, restrict, specify
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to have the necessary skills or qualities, as for carrying out a job.
Do you think any of the applicants qualify?
similar words: make the grade
definition 2: to gain authorization.
She had qualified as a doctor before coming to the U.S.
similar words: graduate, pass
definition 3: in sports, to win a preliminary trial and thus be able to compete in the final competition.
Sadly, her injury impaired her performance and she did not qualify for the final.
related words: deserve
derivation: qualifiable (adj.)