American English

Definition of qualify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they qualify
    he / she / it qualifies
    past simple qualified
    -ing form qualifying
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    give skills/knowledge
  1. 1[transitive] to give someone the skills and knowledge they need to do something qualify somebody (for something) This training course will qualify you for a better job. qualify somebody to do something The test qualifies you to drive heavy vehicles.
  2. have/give right
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to have or give someone the right to do something qualify (for something) If you live in the area, you qualify for a parking permit. To qualify, you must have lived in this country for at least three years. qualify somebody (for something) Paying a fee doesn't automatically qualify you for membership.
  4. for job
  5. 3[intransitive] to reach the standard of ability or knowledge needed to do a particular job, for example by completing a course of study or passing exams How long does it take to qualify? qualify as something He qualified as a doctor last year.
  6. for competition
  7. 4[intransitive] to be of a high enough standard to enter a competition; to defeat another person or team in order to enter or continue in a competition He failed to qualify. qualify for something They qualified for the World Cup.
  8. fit description
  9. 5[intransitive, transitive] to have the right qualities to be described as a particular thing qualify (as something) Do you think this dress qualifies as evening wear? qualify something (as something) It's an old building, but that doesn't qualify it as an ancient monument!
  10. statement
  11. 6[transitive] qualify something qualify what… to add something to a previous statement to make the meaning less strong or less general I want to qualify what I said earlier—I didn't mean he couldn't do the job, only that he would need supervision.
  12. grammar
  13. 7[transitive] qualify something (of a word) to describe another word in a particular way In “the open door,” “open” is an adjective qualifying “door.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: qualify