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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: to make someone fit for a job or activity.
Special training qualifies him to be a teacher.
synonyms:
prepare, train
similar words:
educate, fit, instruct, permit, teach
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.