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Topic: EDUCATION

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: qualifier, from Medieval Latin qualificare, from Latin qualis; QUALITY1

qualify

verb
     
qual‧i‧fy S2 W3 past tense and past participle qualified, present participle qualifying, third person singular qualifies
1

have a right

[intransitive and transitive] to have the right to have or do something, or to give someone this right:
Free school lunches are given to children who qualify.
qualify for
You may qualify for unemployment benefit.
qualify somebody/something for something
Membership qualifies you for a discount on purchases.
2

pass exam

[intransitive]SE to pass an examination or finish a course of study that you need in order to do something
qualify as
I finally qualified as a pilot.
After qualifying, doctors spend at least two years working in hospitals.
3

be considered something

[intransitive] to have all the necessary qualities to be considered to be a particular thing
qualify as
It doesn't qualify as a date if you bring your children with you.
4

give somebody skills/knowledge

[transitive]SEBE if something qualifies you to do something, you have the necessary skills, knowledge, ability etc to do it
qualify somebody for something
Fluency in three languages qualifies her for work in the European Parliament.
qualify somebody to do something
The certificate qualifies you to work as a dental assistant.
5

sport

[intransitive]DS to reach the necessary standard to enter or continue in a competition or sports event
qualify for
She qualified for a spot on the U.S. Olympic speed skating team.
6

add something

[transitive] to add to something that has already been said, in order to limit its effect or meaning:
Could I just qualify that last statement?
7

grammar

[transitive] if a word or phrase qualifies another word or phrase, it limits or adds to the meaning of it
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