• WordNet 3.6
    • v qualify add a modifier to a constituent
    • v qualify make more specific "qualify these remarks"
    • v qualify make fit or prepared "Your education qualifies you for this job"
    • v qualify describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of "You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist","This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"
    • v qualify pronounce fit or able "She was qualified to run the marathon","They nurses were qualified to administer the injections"
    • v qualify specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life","The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"
    • v qualify prove capable or fit; meet requirements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 was Janet Guthrie in 1977.
    • Qualify Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors. "I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
      But qualify the fire's extreme rage."
    • Qualify To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment.
    • Qualify To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate. "It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound."
    • Qualify To make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity. "He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession."
    • Qualify To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office.
    • Qualify To reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition.
    • Qualify To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. "In short space he has them qualified ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Young priests of the island of Leukas, Greece, to qualify for service at the temple of Apollo, were required in ancient Greece to don the wings of an eagle and plunge from Cape Dukato into the sea, a dive of 230 feet. It was assumed that the gods would eliminate those unfit, but no diver was ever injured, although the ordeal was performed for centuries.
    • qualify To note the quality or kind of; express or mark a quality of.
    • qualify To impart a certain quality or qualification to; fit for any place, office, or occupation; furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose.
    • qualify Specifically, to make legally capable; furnish with legal power or capacity: as, to qualify a person for exercising the elective franchise.
    • qualify In logic, to modify by the negative particle or in some similar way.
    • qualify In grammar, to express some quality as belonging to; modify; describe: said of an adjective in relation to a noun, of an adverb in relation to a verb, etc.
    • qualify To limit or modify; restrict; limit by exceptions; come near denying: as, to qualify a statement or an expression; to qualify the sense of words or phrases.
    • qualify To moderate; soothe; abate; soften; diminish; assuage: as, to qualify the rigor of a statute.
    • qualify To modify the quality or strength of; make stronger, dilute, or otherwise fit for taste: as, to qualify liquors.
    • qualify To temper; regulate; control.
    • qualify In Scotch law, to prove; authenticate; confirm.
    • qualify Synonyms To prepare, capacitate. See qualified.
    • qualify To reduce.
    • qualify To take the necessary steps for rendering one's self capable of holding any office or enjoying any privilege; establish a claim or right to exercise any function.
    • qualify To take the oath of office before entering upon its duties.
    • qualify To make oath to any fact: as, I am ready to qualify to what I have asserted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women wishing to enter Canada to work as strippers must provide naked photos of themselves to qualify for a visa
    • v.t Qualify kwol′i-fī to render capable or suitable: to furnish with legal power: to limit by modifications: to soften: to abate: to reduce the strength of: to vary:
    • v.i Qualify to take the necessary steps to fit one's self for a certain position
    • v.t Qualify kwol′i-fī (Scots law) to prove, confirm
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “They are as much for Mars, as for Mercury; as well qualified for war, as for business.”
  • Maurice Wagner
    Maurice Wagner
    “At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.”
  • Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
    Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
    “The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. And if you don't make that contribution, nobody else can make it.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. and the best of me is diligence.”
  • Edward De Bono
    Edward De Bono
    “I must say, I don't feel very qualified to be a pop star. I feel very awkward at times in the role.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. qualifier, LL. qualificare, fr. L. qualis, how constituted, as + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Quality, and -Fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. qualificāre—L. qualis, of what sort, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

It's all I could qualify for, though.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
He talked briefly about his studies on Terra to qualify himself as an expert.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
He has got the paper all ready, and proposes the gentlemen he thinks best qualified for the naturalization committee.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Had Mr. Evans been the man described by Mr. Rhodes, he never could have qualified for the office.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
It should also have been qualified so as to apply solely to the America of to-day.
"Socialism As It Is" by William English Walling
And how would we qualify?
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Once elected, a man properly qualified cannot escape membership by resignation.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
In the very section containing the charge it is much qualified by other statements.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
But there was a qualified truce in the room.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
There are ladies, even where well-qualified domestics are most rare, who seldom find any trouble in keeping good and steady ones.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher

In poetry:

This I answer without trouble
And am qualified to know:
I am single, I am double,
And my poems tell you so.
"Ginkgo Biloba " by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Strange to know nothing, never to be sure
Of what is true or right or real,
But forced to qualify or so I feel,
Or Well, it does seem so:
Someone must know.
"Ignorance" by Philip Larkin
O never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seem'd my flame to qualify:
As easy might I from myself depart
As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie;
"O Never Say That I Was False of Heart" by William Shakespeare
Belinda's maids are soon preferr'd,
To teach him now then a word,
As Poll can master it; But 'tis her own important charge,
To qualify him more at large,
And make him quite a wit.
"The Parrot" by William Cowper
They both went away with a qualified joy:
That coward, Old PAUL, chose a very small boy,
And when no one was looking, in spite of his fears,
He set to work boxing that little boy's ears.
"Old Paul and Old Tim" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He claims that suffrage, if applied
To Negroes, should be qualified;
That they diplomacied, should hail
From Dartmouth, Harvard or from Yale,
Before entrusted for an hour
With manhood's great elective power.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell

In news:

For a list of qualified appraisers visit the Antiques Roadshow web page.
2011 MotoGP Assen final qualifying report/results—Simoncelli edges Spies for pole.
HARP 2.0 refi can really cut interest cost for qualified borrower .
The Americans who qualified for the Olympics in the marathon on Sunday.
But is telling an ongoing story, one that ends and then picks up again in another installment, enough to qualify as employing " cliffhangers ".
But even as one of the winners in the GOP's historic closed primary , Monks' support for the idea is qualified.
The role of the county Clerk's Office is to process applications and provide ballots to interested and qualified voters.
NAPLES — Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer — two of the more popular American golfers on the LPGA Tour — have qualified for the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders in Naples this November.
Klinsmann said he's had no talks with Altidore since October World Cup qualifying.
Tony Pauline of SI.com has a list out of 11 players who qualify as draft steals.
Can Mark Occhilupo re-qualify for the World Tour at 45.
That makes me very qualified.
I say that without qualifying it in any way.
Is Mark Emmert Qualified to be NCAA President.
This may qualify as news we were all better off not knowing, so brace yourself.

In science:

Obviously, the basis elements qualify as generators, but there are too many of them.
Sylvester-t' Hooft generators of sl(n) and sl(n|n), and relations between them
Attempts by AEC to qualify the temperature sensor and tiltmeter metrology systems were unsuccessful.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Three IRAC sources lie within the 8′′ search circle, neither of which qualify as robust counterparts to the SMG.
Wide-field mid-infrared and millimetre imaging of the high-redshift radio galaxy, 4C41.17
Validity under the null hypothesis not the only requirement for a test φ to qualify as a test of H0 , say, against H1 , and consistency under H1 is certainly an equally important issue.
Semiparametrically efficient rank-based inference for shape I. optimal rank-based tests for sphericity
Therefore, we follow and use the name GW Vir to qualify all variable H-deficient stars that lie in that part of the H-R diagram.
Variable stars across the observational HR diagram