Definition of qualified in US English:



  • 1Officially recognized as being trained to perform a particular job; certified.

    ‘newly qualified nurses’
    • ‘They were both qualified yacht masters who had sailed around the world.’
    • ‘Childcare centres are getting more funding to pay for better qualified staff.’
    • ‘Its hard cheeses are handcrafted in open vats by qualified cheesemakers, not machines.’
    • ‘A specially designed programme for each stage of pregnancy by a fully qualified Body Control teacher will ensure you feel well throughout.’
    • ‘The program has expanded to include 23 highly qualified teachers.’
    • ‘The classes are being conducted by a qualified instructor.’
    • ‘There are currently around 600 combatant craft crewmember qualified personnel assigned to the different teams.’
    • ‘They are powerful methods to help prospective fitness clients discover they need the services of a qualified professional.’
    • ‘Get a second phone line installed or call a qualified technician to run cable to the modem.’
    • ‘The military is not in a position single-handedly to either maintain highly qualified cadres or to retain real professionals within its ranks.’
    • ‘I think the choice between recommendations of qualified avian vets vs. online armchair professionals is really no choice at all.’
    • ‘He does feel qualified enough to talk about the real causes of the coup.’
    • ‘A few sessions with a qualified instructor can go a long way in smoothing the learning curve.’
    • ‘Qualified gymnastic coaches have been touring local primary schools - in a bid to boost an already thriving local club.’
    • ‘Some of them have no qualified instructors, he says.’
    • ‘Summer Parks Tennis Programme which involved the hiring of qualified coaches to run daily tennis lessons for children from 6 years upwards.’
    • ‘Keith is a qualified gunsmith with over 25 years experience, specializing in long-range practical rifles.’
    • ‘Treatment must be left to qualified health care professionals.’
    • ‘Previously financial matters were dealt with by qualified accountants, financial advisers.’
    • ‘I was a qualified nursery nurse at Tiny Tots nursery in Middleton.’
    certified, certificated, chartered, licensed, professional
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    1. 1.1with infinitive Competent or knowledgeable to do something; capable.
      ‘I was less well qualified than almost anyone present to recollect the olden days’
      certified, certificated, chartered, licensed, professional
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  • 2Not complete or absolute; limited.

    ‘I could only judge this CD a qualified success’
    • ‘The first category of decision had to be unanimous; qualified majority could decide the second.’
    • ‘Crook's promise of a separate reservation in the north-however qualified, however magnified by agency peace-talkers-secured the surrenders on White River.’
    • ‘By the qualified negative which the constitution of the United States, gives to the president, upon all the proceedings of congress, except a question of adjournment.’
    • ‘Some rights, perhaps in an attenuated or qualified form, survived the making of the order.’
    • ‘At least in our qualified judgment, the chef at 3Dlabs can certainly reclaim that lost star outside his door.’
    • ‘At the outset, comunicate with your clients about their goals and expectations in adopting a qualified plan.’
    • ‘The retrospective collection hopes to enable a qualified answer to the difficult question "in what direction is criticism of Keats going?"’
    • ‘The American President would have a qualified negative upon the acts of the legislative body; the British King has an absolute negative.’
    • ‘I would answer with a qualified yes, at least on the theoretical level, and especially where the non-narrative cinema is concerned.’
    • ‘Under the paragraph 3 process, parents have a qualified right to insist on their preference for a particular school.’
    • ‘The three theories of monism, qualified monism and dualism were synthesized, as branches of the same religion, Hinduism.’
    limited, conditional, restricted, bounded, contingent, circumscribed, reserved, guarded, cautious, hesitant, tentative, equivocal
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