Definition of qualification noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkwɑːlɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable, usually plural] (British English) an exam that you have passed or a course of study that you have successfully completed academic/educational/professional/vocational qualifications a nursing/teaching, etc. qualification He left school with no formal qualifications. to acquire/gain/get/obtain/have/hold qualifications In this job, experience counts for more than paper qualifications. Wordfindercourse, distance learning, education, exam, further education, graduate, higher education, qualification, study, tertiary CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) cheat on an exam/​a test get/​be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/​be suspended from schoolWork and exams do your homework/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics See related entries: Job interviews, Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2  [countable] a skill or type of experience that you need for a particular job or activity Previous teaching experience is a necessary qualification for this job. Wordfinderapply, appoint, candidate, CV, experience, interview, job description, qualification, reference, shortlist See related entries: Job interviews, Job skills and personal qualities
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] information that you add to a statement to limit the effect that it has or the way it is applied synonym proviso I accept his theories, but not without certain qualifications. The plan was approved without qualification.
  4. 4[uncountable] the fact of passing an exam, completing a course of training or reaching the standard necessary to do a job or take part in a competition Nurses in training should be given a guarantee of employment following qualification. A victory in this game will earn them qualification for the World Cup.
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin qualificatio(n-), from the verb qualificare, from Latin qualis ‘of what kind, of such a kind’. (see qualify).Extra examples I agree with his view, with a few qualifications. Many of those selected lack the academic qualifications to teach. Only two of the applicants had the necessary qualifications. The aim of the reform is to give more status to vocational qualifications. The committee supported her proposal, without qualification. The job usually has a three-year qualification period. The term ‘population’ as used here requires qualification. a qualification programme in business management the minimum entry qualification for admission He left school with no formal qualifications.
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