- having the abilities, qualities, attributes, etc, necessary to perform a particular job or task
- limited, modified, or restricted; not absolute
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- having the qualities, accomplishments, skills, knowledge, or credentials one needs for a job, function, position, office, or the like:She's very well qualified for the job.[be + ~ + to + verb]She's qualified to take over in my absence.
- 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.
- qualify + -ed2 1550–60
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged able, capable, competent, fitted.
- to provide with proper or necessary skills, knowledge, etc.:[~ + object]The training program qualified her for the job.
- to show that one has the ability for something:[no object]She clearly qualifies for the job.
- to demonstrate the required ability in an initial or preliminary contest:[no object]to qualify for a race.
- to make less strong, general, or positive;
modify or limit:[~ + object]Suddenly he began to qualify his initial endorsement of her candidacy.
- to characterize, label, or briefly evaluate:[~ + object (+ as)]I can't qualify his approach as either good or bad.
- Grammarmodify (def. 2).
- to provide with proper or necessary skills, knowledge, credentials, etc.; make competent:to qualify oneself for a job.
- to modify or limit in some way;
make less strong or positive:to qualify an endorsement.
- [Gram.]to modify.
- to make less violent, severe, or unpleasant;
- to attribute some quality or qualities to;
characterize, call, or name:She cannot qualify his attitude as either rational or irrational.
- to modify or alter the flavor or strength of:He qualified his coffee with a few drops of brandy.
- [Law.]to certify as legally competent.
- to be fitted or competent for something.
- to get authority, license, power, etc., as by fulfilling required conditions, taking an oath, etc.
- [Sports.]to demonstrate the required ability in an initial or preliminary contest:He qualified in the trials.
- to fire a rifle or pistol on a target range for a score high enough to achieve a rating of marksman, sharpshooter, or expert.
- [Mil.]to pass a practical test in gunnery.
- [Law.]to perform the actions necessary to acquire legal power or capacity:By filing a bond and taking an oath he qualified as executor.
- Medieval Latin quālificāre, equivalent. to Latin quāl(is) of what sort + -ificāre -ify
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fit, suit, adapt, prepare, equip.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged narrow, restrict. See modify.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged meliorate, soften, temper, reduce, diminish.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged designate, label.
- to provide or be provided with the abilities or attributes necessary for a task, office, duty, etc: his degree qualifies him for the job, he qualifies for the job, but would he do it well?
- (transitive) to make less strong, harsh, or violent; moderate or restrict
- (transitive) to modify or change the strength or flavour of
another word for modify
- (transitive) to attribute a quality to; characterize
- (intransitive) to progress to the final stages of a competition, as by winning preliminary contests