verb (used with object), qualified, qualifying.
to provide with proper or necessary skills, knowledge, credentials, etc.; make competent: to qualify oneself for a job.
to modify or limit in some way; make less strong or positive: to qualify an endorsement.
Grammar. to modify.
to make less violent, severe, or unpleasant; moderate; mitigate.
to attribute some quality or qualities to; characterize, call, or name: She cannot qualify his attitude as either rational or irrational.
to modify or alter the flavor or strength of: He qualified his coffee with a few drops of brandy.
Law. to certify as legally competent.
verb (used without object), qualified, qualifying.
to be fitted or competent for something.
to get authority, license, power, etc., as by fulfilling required conditions, taking an oath, etc.
Sports. to demonstrate the required ability in an initial or preliminary contest: He qualified in the trials.
to fire a rifle or pistol on a target range for a score high enough to achieve a rating of marksman, sharpshooter, or expert.
Military. to pass a practical test in gunnery.
Law. to perform the actions necessary to acquire legal power or capacity: By filing a bond and taking an oath he qualified as executor.

1525–35; < Medieval Latin quālificāre, equivalent to Latin quāl(is) of what sort + -ificāre -ify

qualificatory [kwol-uh-fi-kuh-tawr-ree, -tohr-ee] , 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

1. fit, suit, adapt, prepare, equip. 2. narrow, restrict. See modify. 4. meliorate, soften, temper, reduce, diminish. 5. designate, label.
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qualify (ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -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.  (tr) to make less strong, harsh, or violent; moderate or restrict
3.  (tr) to modify or change the strength or flavour of
4.  (tr) grammar another word for modify
5.  (tr) to attribute a quality to; characterize
6.  (intr) to progress to the final stages of a competition, as by winning preliminary contests
[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 & History

1465, "to invest with a quality," from M.L. qualificare "attribute a quality to," from L. qualis "of what sort" + facere "to make" (see factitious). Sense of "be fit for a job" first appeared 1588. Qualification in the sense of "limitation, restriction" is from 1543.
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Example sentences
Because the scheme makes it so easy to distinguish products that qualify for the various point levels.
The nine group winners and the best second-place team qualify automatically.
The only caveat is that any financial aid you would otherwise qualify for will
  be reduced by the amount of the benefit.
Firms that qualify for the index tend to be under the government's cosh.
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