Definition of qualify in English:


verbqualifying, qualified, qualifies

  • 1no object Be entitled to a particular benefit or privilege by fulfilling a necessary condition.

    ‘a pensioner who does not qualify for income support’
    • ‘Backers say passage will help the state by preventing illegal immigrants from receiving benefits they don't qualify for.’
    • ‘They could educate young people about abstinence and require teenage mothers to attend school and live at home to qualify for benefits.’
    • ‘Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the pensioner population will eventually qualify for means-tested benefits.’
    • ‘Other proposals are that immigrant workers should not qualify for benefits and a Cabinet Minister should be appointed to co-ordinate policy.’
    • ‘More families will also qualify for Family Tax Benefit Part B, with a second income earner allowed to bring home more before the benefit is lost.’
    • ‘According to Government figures, 40 per cent of the elderly who qualify for cash benefits fail to claim.’
    • ‘After working for more than fifty years I have been told that I do not qualify for benefits and I receive only £130 per week to support myself and my wife.’
    • ‘She said she was hoping that whatever work was thought necessary would qualify for a grant from the Government sponsored Anti-Crime partnership.’
    • ‘Impoverished children who receive Medicaid enjoy better health than children from marginally better-off families who do not qualify for the benefit.’
    • ‘The problem with that is that I work two part-time jobs for two different companies, and so I do not qualify for health benefits with either one.’
    • ‘Members, whose compulsory retiring age is less than 55, qualify for earlier retirement benefits, but may have a reduced range of payment options.’
    • ‘But it may also be possible to find ways of offering discounts to other groups, he said - such as those on low wages who earned just too much to qualify for council tax benefit.’
    • ‘Because we do not claim benefits we do not qualify for the local nursery in my street and will have to use a private one a few miles away.’
    • ‘The fund is aimed at people not covered by insurance and those who do not qualify for benefits.’
    • ‘If you're a veteran, you may qualify for government benefits.’
    • ‘She had suffered lymphoedema in her right arm due to the cancer treatment, which left her too weak to operate equipment, but she was told she did not qualify for incapacity benefit.’
    • ‘To qualify for benefits, Ms Browning has also taken a job as a $12-an-hour call-center operator at T-Mobile.’
    • ‘Pensions experts also warn you should think carefully before transferring out of an existing scheme because you may qualify for generous benefits.’
    • ‘Their illegal status meant they could not qualify for state benefits and could be ejected during recessions without the host governments facing accusations of compulsory repatriation.’
    • ‘Players will not be long enough at any one club to qualify for benefit as a rule.’
    be eligible, meet the requirements
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    1. 1.1 Become eligible for a competition or its final rounds, by reaching a certain standard or defeating a competitor.
      ‘England are in danger of failing to qualify’
      • ‘A win over Leicestershire would have left them top of their group but now they need to overcome Durham to get back on track for qualifying for the quarter final stages of the competition.’
      • ‘Six teams qualified for the final round after the written preliminary.’
      • ‘It is also a chance for young athletes who have qualified for community games finals to have a run.’
      • ‘And Backley only lived to fight another day after qualifying for the final without reaching the automatic mark, fearing at one stage a repeat of Canada two years ago when he bombed out.’
      • ‘Nikki performed well during the gymnastics portion of these Games and qualified to vault finals.’
      • ‘In that competition she qualified for the finals in the 400m and 800m freestyle.’
      • ‘Judging is carried out by three officials who indicate with red or green lights whether the competitor has qualified to the next round.’
      • ‘After all, India had done well in the Asian Under-20 championship by qualifying for the final round.’
      • ‘Best wishes to all our young competitors who qualified for the Munster Final.’
      • ‘They are the first Irish school to have competed in the competition, and qualified for the finals after two exacting trips to England.’
      • ‘The 16 players in each category will be paired in a round robin system with the top eight qualifying for the final round.’
      • ‘The competition is going right down to the wire this year and there are four competitors still able to qualify and the competition on Saturday will be the decider.’
      • ‘After three rounds, the top four pairs qualified for the final round.’
      • ‘They were both very difficult games overall, but we are still confident as a team that we will make it through to the final Cup qualifying round.’
      • ‘The winner between Zambia and Sudan after the two games will qualify to the second round to face either Egypt or Eritrea in the competition being defended by the Gambia.’
      • ‘The two talented locals qualified for the competition finals following their successful participation in the recent Leinster finals in Rathcormac.’
      • ‘More shocks were soon to follow as third seed Vassily Ivanchuk, needing to win in the final round to qualify, was outplayed by Group A winner Vladimir Malakhov.’
      • ‘Dingle have qualified for the final rounds of the County Intermediate Championship and they will be playing Waterville on Sunday week.’
      • ‘The U - 13 tag rugby team reached the county final playoffs after qualifying in the quarter and semi-final stages.’
      • ‘Out of 420 entries, 10 brilliant business ideas for expanding a current business or starting up a new company qualified for the final round.’
    2. 1.2 Be or make properly entitled to be classed in a particular way.
      no object ‘he qualifies as a genuine political refugee’
      • ‘With respect to compelled speech, the court found that recruiting qualifies as expression and that the schools disagree vehemently with the content of the military recruiters' speech.’
      • ‘She is at least in her mid-fifties (says she qualifies as a senior citizen) and she has some medical background training and worked doing in-home care.’
      • ‘I'm not sure writing for the Free-Lance Star qualifies as being a ‘distinguished columnist.’’
      • ‘This is, of course, a ridiculous contradiction and probably would qualify as a first-class oxymoron.’
      • ‘Homegrown medical marijuana qualifies as interstate commerce, the Supreme Court ruled June 6, in the second major setback it has delivered to pot patients.’
      • ‘Eventually, it becomes so overwhelming that you feel the need to reveal it to one or two people (yes, despite the fact that this involves sharing the secret, it still qualifies as solitude in my opinion).’
      • ‘I make just about twice as much in this position than I would in a job where I did have to utilize the things I learned in school, which I think qualifies as true irony.’
      • ‘What qualifies as ‘real penetrating human drama’?’
      • ‘The team now qualifies as the number one seed for the Provincial Championships, Aug. 6-8, in St. Albert, Alta.’
      • ‘Well, this certainly qualifies as a national emergency.’
      • ‘You might think this qualifies as news, but it appears that the South Florida Sun-Sentinel was the only newspaper in the entire country to cover it.’
      • ‘It's unclear whether war can be declared against a terrorist group, as opposed to a sovereign country, and that muddles the issue of what qualifies as combat or self-defense.’
      • ‘About a third of the stockpile qualifies as ‘sweet’ crude, meaning that its sulfur content is less than one-half of 1 percent.’
      • ‘If our goal is to determine the meaning of place in some metaphysical manner, to nail down just what it is we are talking about before we go out and ask what qualifies as a place, we will be frustrated.’
      • ‘The government is also considering abolishing the steadfast paternal system where only a man qualifies as the head of a family, regardless of age or financial resources.’
      • ‘The Mariinsky qualifies as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia and excellence is not just expected but demanded from musicians who share a home with the Kirov Ballet and Kirov Opera.’
      • ‘Being 160 miles away from the main oil refinery and three hours drive from the nearest city, it's safe to say that the County Garage in Campbeltown qualifies as being at the end of the road.’
      • ‘Both a superbly subtle character study and a poignant hymn to Japan's lost past, Twilight Samurai is one of those rarest of cinematic creatures, a film that also qualifies as a genuine work of art.’
      • ‘Seriously, that barely qualifies as food, and yet not only am I not stopping him from putting it in his mouth, I'm photographing the event for posterity.’
      • ‘According to the Internal Revenue Service Publication 936, a boat qualifies as a second home if it has sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities.’
      count, be counted, be considered, be designated, be characterizable, be eligible
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  • 2no object Become officially recognized as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity, typically by undertaking a course and passing examinations.

    ‘the training necessary to qualify as a solicitor’
    ‘I've only just qualified’
    • ‘With ten years as a paramedic with Cumbria Ambulance Service already under her belt, Mrs Seddon undertook a three-year BSc degree to qualify as an emergency care practitioner.’
    • ‘She was a professional woman due to qualify as a lawyer in a few weeks with every chance of a successful career.’
    • ‘This establishment provided training to be an engineer and Jordan, like many other French mathematicians of his time, qualified as an engineer and took up that profession.’
    • ‘Forty-eight nursing assistants now are taking classes at the Kane centers to eventually qualify as higher-paid licensed practical nurses.’
    • ‘Lin Zi herself was a member of the first group of students to pass the national examinations to qualify as a psychological counsellor.’
    • ‘Although a well established touring professional for more than a decade, John still has to qualify as a club professional and recently completed his first year's examinations.’
    • ‘In due course you will probably all qualify as psychoanalysts, but whether some or all of you will ever become psychoanalysts is quite another matter.’
    • ‘While with the fire service in Mayo she completed a two-week basic fire-fighting course and then a breathing apparatus course to qualify as a fire fighter.’
    • ‘He also took his examinations to qualify as a teacher of mathematics and physics and, in 1872, he began teaching mathematics at a school in Weissenburg, Bavaria.’
    • ‘In due course he went to university and in 1963 qualified as a primary school teacher.’
    • ‘Sadly, many students, once qualified as professionals, turn to the burgeoning tourist trade in order to maintain a better standard of living.’
    • ‘She had joined the profession late after quitting a career in banking to qualify as a solicitor in 1994.’
    • ‘I went on the basic course and passed all the qualifications and then attended an advanced course and qualified as a Master Waller.’
    • ‘He qualified as a civic designer after doing a postgraduate course in Civic Design at Liverpool University, and has also worked for Hereford council and Knowsley council in planning roles.’
    • ‘A Tewkesbury worker has become the first in the county to complete a course to qualify as a bouncer.’
    • ‘To qualify as a professional fiduciary, CPAs would have had to pass a test, meet minimum educational requirements and agree to abide by a separate code of ethics.’
    • ‘In pursuit of this passion, all have put themselves through a rigid training course to qualify as pyrotechnicians.’
    • ‘He was offered a coveted place and following a correspondence course in the evening, qualified as a dispensing optician and began working at the branch in Hamilton.’
    • ‘It is clear that she has made a mockery of the oath she undertook when she qualified as a doctor to put the needs of her patients - in this case all those living with AIDS - first.’
    • ‘She also qualified as a professional sailor, eventually acquiring the rank of captain.’
    certified, certificated, chartered, licensed, professional
    gain qualifications, gain certification, be certified, be licensed, be authorized
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    1. 2.1with 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’
      • ‘The source said they were all signed-up soldiers and as such would be expected to take part in the same activities as other fully qualified soldiers.’
      • ‘In addition, Advanced Placement course credits qualified him for sophomore standing in his first year in college.’
      • ‘But the issue was quite clear: it was whether those people were qualified to practise, not a matter of how long it had taken them to get there.’
      • ‘Advice workers carry out difficult and demanding work for pay most professionally qualified people would reject out of hand.’
      • ‘How on earth can learners be satisfactorily taught by someone who did not undergo any teacher training course while qualified teachers roam the streets jobless?’
      • ‘But from now on, a fair salary is going to be whatever it costs to get qualified people in the profession.’
      • ‘Ms. Feldman did not complete her course to qualify her as a cosmetics advisor until November, 1997.’
      • ‘It was an invaluable experience, though, and he passed a coaching course that qualifies him to manage a fourth division side.’
      • ‘If it does not qualify me as a teacher, label my advice the ramblings of an old fool, and seek a teacher in whom you have confidence.’
      • ‘You might argue that he is an exception, but intellectual innovations usually come from the younger, less established, less qualified people.’
      • ‘Though your graduation certificate won't qualify you as a professional guide, it will certainly look impressive on the wall of your den back home.’
      • ‘There are few qualified teachers or other professionals who are able to work on a semi-voluntary basis.’
      • ‘Today, a three-year stay at a company practically qualifies an employee for a long-service award, while the idea of a one-company career went out with the typewriter.’
      • ‘The skippers and mates are professionally qualified yachtsmen and women but the others, volunteers from across Defence, have often never stepped onto a yacht before.’
      • ‘Licensing Boards ensure that qualified individuals only practice in that profession.’
      • ‘This promotion of pharmacy may attract more qualified students to the profession.’
      • ‘He then ran for the senator and lost, so that qualified him of course to run for president, and he turned out to be the greatest president in American history.’
      • ‘He is also qualified as a teacher of English as a foreign language.’
      • ‘We are having trouble attracting qualified new members to the profession and more experienced teachers are leaving as soon a possible.’
      • ‘We regularly undertake surveys of newly qualified doctors, to establish their career choices and progression.’
      authorize, allow, permit, license, empower, fit, equip, prepare, arm, make ready, train, upskill, educate, coach, teach
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    2. 2.2with object and infinitive Make (someone) competent or knowledgeable enough to do something.
      ‘I'm not qualified to write on the subject’
      • ‘I'm not sure that my knowledge of economic theories qualifies me to judge his arguments, but it does make for some food for thought.’
      • ‘After this trial by fire you had acquired a lot of knowledge and experience that qualified you to treat patients.’
      • ‘Now you know why we're qualified to write about football.’
      • ‘Omar is qualified enough to track these two photographers and write about the region through their lenses.’
      • ‘After completing the course, students are not qualified to practice on the public but they do have sufficient skills to lay their hands on their nearest and dearest.’
      • ‘On this latter subject he is well qualified to comment.’
      • ‘And half of the nation's middle and high school teachers are not highly qualified to teach their subjects.’
      • ‘After his apprenticeship ended, a young man was qualified to establish himself in his own workshop and become a member of a guild.’
      • ‘Again, I am hardly qualified to write as a music critic, but there were some pieces that I did not enjoy.’
      • ‘William Golding the man himself is qualified enough to write about such topics because he was involved heavily in W.W.II.’
      • ‘I think this qualifies me to write something about men.’
      • ‘I fell short of genius category by a full fifty points, barely enough to qualify me to sharpen their pencils.’
      • ‘‘Bryan held the opinion that he was hugely qualified to be an expert on the Bible and religious feelings,’ grins Nielsen.’
      • ‘If higher degrees qualify students to teach rather than become professional writers, it follows they must also possess critical skills.’
      • ‘And he's well qualified to comment, having worked for Royal Commission in Historical Monuments based in Cambridge.’
      • ‘The Post Leaving Certificate training programme is designed to qualify students to work professionally with young children.’
      • ‘I am not qualified to write any critique of this book.’
      • ‘I'm not sure I'm totally qualified to write about what women want.’
      • ‘Is that enough to qualify her to sit on the Supreme Court?’
      • ‘But it still wasn't enough, but he was qualified enough to become a tutor at the National Flight Centre at Celbridge, and it was there that the hours mounted up.’
  • 3with object Make (a statement or assertion) less absolute; add reservations to.

    ‘she felt obliged to qualify her first short answer’
    • ‘But I still find it necessary to qualify my statement of devotion, making it clear that I recognize why my taste for the band may seem problematic.’
    • ‘We would note that Mr South qualified his initial assertion by the use of the word ‘generally’.’
    • ‘He qualified his previous statement that there was no reason why the claimants should not have put the roof right by saying that the claimants had no reason to believe that they were at risk of a flood.’
    • ‘He then qualified his response, saying he wouldn't recognize Rampton ‘if he walked in the door.’’
    • ‘Had he not died in 1855, before Andersen had written his most stringent tales, he might well have qualified his criticism.’
    • ‘With 1,800 plays to his name, I could almost break my journalist's rule of always qualifying an absolute to say THE most prolific.’
    • ‘What they are failing to do is to qualify their offers by underlining their limitations.’
    • ‘But Joe's assertions of fact about what happened four years ago were qualified by his similar assertion that he has a very bad recollection of what happened four years ago.’
    • ‘John signed the management representation letter without qualifying the positive assertions about the company's tax filings and liabilities.’
    • ‘Other pollsters ask their respondents to qualify their answers, instead of giving simple yes-or-no replies.’
    • ‘In spite of criticism from the pulpits, he refused to qualify his unequivocal statements.’
    • ‘I am sorry, I should qualify the answer that I gave your Honour before.’
    • ‘Many of the parents qualified their comments about punitive interventions with statements about the ineffectiveness of their efforts.’
    • ‘To Barber's credit, he frequently qualifies the overgeneralized statements he makes in one part of his book when he revisits the issues in other parts.’
    • ‘The general gave the order to open fire without qualifying the order.’
    • ‘However, he quickly qualified his comments by advising his council colleagues that his knowledge came from other people rather than from any personal experiences.’
    • ‘He admits to being quite pleased with the new book, only to qualify his response immediately.’
    • ‘He paused for a few seconds before qualifying his chief complaint.’
    • ‘I usually qualify my advice by saying I was an MP, not a Chemical Corps officer.’
    • ‘The 10 inch thin-crust pizzas met with heavily qualified praise.’
    limited, conditional, restricted, bounded, contingent, circumscribed, reserved, guarded, cautious, hesitant, tentative, equivocal
    count, be counted, be considered, be designated, be characterizable, be eligible
    modify, limit, make conditional, restrict, add reservations to, add to, make additions to, add a rider to
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    1. 3.1archaic Make (something) less severe or extreme.
      ‘his sincere piety, his large heart always qualify his errors’
      • ‘They had to mitigate them, they had to qualify them.’
      • ‘Along the way, I must qualify extreme principles in various ways and then challenge my students with examinations and term paper reports about my lectures.’
    2. 3.2archaic Alter the strength or flavour of (something, especially a liquid)
      ‘he qualified his mug of water with a plentiful infusion of the liquor’
  • 4Grammar
    with object (of a word or phrase) attribute a quality to (another word, especially a preceding noun).

    • ‘Misconduct is not defined in the 1999 Act nor is the term qualified by any adjective such as ‘serious’ or ‘gross’.’
    • ‘When nouns are used as adjectives they do not, as adjectives do, qualify a single noun or group of nouns; rather they qualify general ideas spread over a wider area.’
    • ‘The word can be applied to the removal of any part of the body, but it is usually restricted to removal of part of a limb, unless the word is qualified, as in ‘amputation of the nose’.’
    • ‘In other words ‘deliberate’ was qualified by ‘malicious’ to bring the meaning into line with ‘wilful’.’
    • ‘The entire catalogue of exceptions under Article XX is qualified by an introductory clause commonly termed the chapeau.’
    • ‘In my view, the present perfect is forbidden when the verb is qualified by an adverbial referring to a time period, except if the time period includes the present.’
    • ‘Secondly, the misconduct is qualified by the word ‘serious’.’
    • ‘So the adjectival clause qualifies conduct, not anybody's state of mind.’
    • ‘The constituent that comes before a head in a phrase to qualify its meaning has the function of modifier.’
    • ‘Yes, and I accept - that is why the expression ‘used for public worship’ does qualify both nouns.’
    • ‘I qualify the word ‘disadvantage’ by the adjective ‘special’ - and he explains the purpose.’
    • ‘Soon after I find myself in my Russian class, learning that adjectives have to correspond with the nouns they qualify.’
    • ‘With great respect, we accept that depending upon what noun it is qualifying, it will mean quite radically different things.’
    • ‘However the Butterworths edition of the Use Classes Order suggests that those words qualify the whole of the definition.’
    • ‘Let me begin by assuming, contrary to your submission, that the concluding words qualify only the words ‘any land risk’.’
    • ‘In the context of the Patent, ‘foam’ is qualified by the adjective ‘silicone’ which undoubtedly is a technical word.’
    • ‘Attributive genitives are linked to the nouns they qualify by a system of connective particles.’
    1. 4.1qualify something asarchaic Attribute a specified quality to something; describe something as.
      ‘the propositions have been qualified as heretical’
      • ‘One thing that would qualify my work as ‘innovative’ is my interest in abstraction.’
      • ‘‘Artefacts’ are… histories of prior commensal events and emotional sensory exchanges, and… these very histories… are exchanged at commensal events and… qualify the object as commensal… ’.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘describe in a particular way’): from French qualifier, from medieval Latin qualificare, from Latin qualis ‘of what kind, of such a kind’ (see quality).