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qualify

qual·i·fy

qualify

 
pronunciation:
kwa lih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: qualified, qualifies, qualifying
definition 1: to make or be fit for a job or activity.
Her training qualified her to be a lifeguard.
synonyms:
license, prepare, train
antonyms:
disqualify
similar words:
condition, educate, fit, instruct, permit, ready, sanction, teach
definition 2: to limit the meaning of; modify.
Adjectives qualify nouns.
synonyms:
limit, modify, restrict
similar words:
adjust, confine, moderate, regulate, temper, weaken
definition 3: to limit or make less strong; to moderate.
He qualified his praise by saying that she sometimes sings out of key.
synonyms:
moderate, modify, temper
similar words:
accommodate, adapt, adjust, regulate, soften, weaken
derivation: qualifiable (adj.)
Word Builder: qualify
  • qualified:
    having the appropriate qualifications.
Word Parts
The word qualify contains the following part:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.