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kwa lih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: qualifies, qualifying, qualified
definition 1: to make eligible or competent, as for a job; certify as competent.
The course will qualify you to be an accountant.I don't think that spending a week in Paris qualifies you as an expert on French culture.
certify, license, prepare, train
similar words:
condition, educate, fit, instruct, permit, ready, sanction, teach
definition 2: to modify, esp. to limit by restating in more restricted terms.
He qualified his remark by mentioning one exception.They qualified their acceptance of the offer by stating one condition.
limit, modify, restrict
similar words:
adjust, circumscribe, condition, confine, moderate, regulate, temper, weaken
definition 3: to describe by giving the characteristics of.
How would you qualify your experience abroad; was it exciting?
characterize, describe, modify
similar words:
designate, distinguish
definition 4: to make less harsh or extreme; moderate.
She qualified her criticism of his playing by reminding him of how much he had improved.
moderate, modify, temper
similar words:
accommodate, adapt, adjust, mitigate, regulate, soften, weaken
definition 5: to modify the meaning of.
Adjectives qualify nouns.She qualified the word "competent" with the word "fairly."
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to have the necessary skills or qualities, as for carrying out a job.
Do you think any of the applicants qualify?He did not qualify for entrance into any of the medical schools to which he applied.
similar words:
make the grade
definition 2: to gain authorization.
She had qualified as a doctor before coming to the U.S.
similar words:
graduate, pass
definition 3: in sports, to win a preliminary trial and thus be able to compete in the final competition.
Sadly, her injury impaired her performance and she did not qualify for the final.
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derivation: qualifiable (adj.)
Word Builder: qualify
  • qualified:
    having the appropriate qualifications.
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