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verb (qualifies, qualifying, qualified)
1 [no object] be entitled to a particular benefit or privilege by fulfilling a necessary condition:they do not qualify for compensation payments become eligible for a competition or its final rounds, by reaching a certain standard or defeating a competitor:he failed to qualify for the Olympic team (as adjective qualifying)a World Cup qualifying game be or make properly entitled to be classed in a particular way:he qualifies as a genuine political refugee 2 [no object] become officially recognized as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity by satisfying the relevant conditions or requirements, typically by undertaking a course of study and passing examinations:after the war he qualified as a lawyer I’ve only just qualified [with object] officially recognize or establish (someone) as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity:the courses qualify you as an instructor of the sport [with object and infinitive] make (someone) competent or knowledgeable enough to do something:I’m not qualified to write on the subject 3 [with object] make (a statement or assertion) less absolute; add reservations to:she felt obliged to qualify her first short answer archaic make (something extreme or undesirable) less severe or extreme:his sincere piety and his large heart always qualify his errors archaic alter the strength or flavor of (something, especially a liquid):he qualified his mug of water with a plentiful infusion of the liquor
(qualify something as
) archaic attribute a specified quality to something; describe something as:the propositions have been qualified as heretical
[with object] Grammar (of a word or phrase) attribute a quality to (another word, especially a preceding noun).