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qualified

[kwol-uh-fahyd] /ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office, or the like.
2.
having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.
3.
modified, limited, or restricted in some way:
a qualified endorsement.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; qualify + -ed2
Related forms
qualifiedly, adverb
qualifiedness, noun
quasi-qualified, adjective
underqualified, adjective
well-qualified, adjective
Synonyms
1. able, capable, competent, fitted.
Antonyms
unqualified.

qualify

[kwol-uh-fahy] /ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), qualified, qualifying.
1.
to provide with proper or necessary skills, knowledge, credentials, etc.; make competent:
to qualify oneself for a job.
2.
to modify or limit in some way; make less strong or positive:
to qualify an endorsement.
3.
Grammar. to modify.
4.
to make less violent, severe, or unpleasant; moderate; mitigate.
5.
to attribute some quality or qualities to; characterize, call, or name:
She cannot qualify his attitude as either rational or irrational.
6.
to modify or alter the flavor or strength of:
He qualified his coffee with a few drops of brandy.
7.
Law. to certify as legally competent.
verb (used without object), qualified, qualifying.
8.
to be fitted or competent for something.
9.
to get authority, license, power, etc., as by fulfilling required conditions, taking an oath, etc.
10.
Sports. to demonstrate the required ability in an initial or preliminary contest:
He qualified in the trials.
11.
to fire a rifle or pistol on a target range for a score high enough to achieve a rating of marksman, sharpshooter, or expert.
12.
Military. to pass a practical test in gunnery.
13.
Law. to perform the actions necessary to acquire legal power or capacity:
By filing a bond and taking an oath he qualified as executor.
Origin
1525-35; < Medieval Latin quālificāre, equivalent to Latin quāl(is) of what sort + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
qualificatory
[kwol-uh-fi-kuh-tawr-ree, -tohr-ee] /ˈkwɒl ə fɪ kəˌtɔr ri, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
qualifyingly, adverb
misqualify, verb, misqualified, misqualifying.
nonqualifying, adjective
overqualify, verb, overqualified, overqualifying.
prequalify, verb, prequalified, prequalifying.
requalify, verb, requalified, requalifying.
superqualify, verb, superqualified, superqualifying.
unqualifying, adjective
unqualifyingly, adverb
unrequalified, adjective
Synonyms
1. fit, suit, adapt, prepare, equip. 2. narrow, restrict. See modify. 4. meliorate, soften, temper, reduce, diminish. 5. designate, label.
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Examples for qualified
  • The only thing worse than electing an unqualified candidate would be empowering someone to decide who is qualified.
  • qualified candidates should be accomplished fiction writers with several published books.
  • It's also important to stress that these are qualified protections.
  • Please consult your own qualified advisers as you consider philanthropic gifts.
  • No one who is not immersed and expert in a field and has become an expert in it is qualified to have a substantive opinion.
  • It also means turning away plenty of qualified applicants.
  • Of course, finding qualified teachers to teach advanced maths courses will not be easy.
  • But the spokesperson explained that qualified patent examiners review each application according to rigid criteria.
  • The test does not diagnose illness but urges those at risk to see a qualified mental health professional.
  • His decision was wise given that the stale lunch food no longer qualified as edible.
British Dictionary definitions for qualified

qualified

/ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
having the abilities, qualities, attributes, etc, necessary to perform a particular job or task
2.
limited, modified, or restricted; not absolute

qualify

/ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
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?
2.
(transitive) to make less strong, harsh, or violent; moderate or restrict
3.
(transitive) to modify or change the strength or flavour of
4.
(transitive) (grammar) another word for modify (sense 3)
5.
(transitive) to attribute a quality to; characterize
6.
(intransitive) to progress to the final stages of a competition, as by winning preliminary contests
Derived Forms
qualifiable, adjective
qualificatory (ˈkwɒlɪfɪkətərɪ; -ˌkeɪ-) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French qualifier, from Medieval Latin quālificāre to characterize, from Latin quālis of what kind + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for qualified

qualify

v.

mid-15c., "to invest with a quality," from Middle French qualifier (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin qualificare "attribute a quality to; make of a certain quality," from Latin qualis "of what sort?," correlative pronomial adjective (see quality) + facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to limit, modify" is from 1530s. Sense of "be fit for a job" first appeared 1580s. Related: Qualified; qualifying.

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