qualify Definition

  • 1to have the necessary skills, knowledge, or experience to do something
  • 2to achieve a score or standard needed to enter a competition or study program
  • 3to limit or modify a statement or opinion

Using qualify: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "qualify" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She qualified for the job because of her extensive experience.

  • Example

    To qualify for the scholarship, you need to have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

  • Example

    He qualified his statement by saying that it was only his personal opinion.

  • Example

    The team qualified for the finals after winning all their matches in the group stage.

  • Example

    The new law will qualify the rights of tenants to protect them from eviction.

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Idioms Using qualify

  • qualify for the Olympics

    to meet the requirements or achieve the necessary results to participate in the Olympic Games


    She trained hard for years to qualify for the Olympics and represent her country.

  • to give someone the necessary skills, knowledge, or experience to be considered for a job or role


    The training program is designed to qualify participants for management positions within the company.

  • to add a condition or restriction to something


    He qualified his promise to help with the project by saying that he could only do so if he had enough time.

Phrases with qualify

  • to be considered or recognized as something


    His performance in the tournament qualified him as one of the best players in the league.

  • an auditor's opinion that the financial statements of a company are fairly presented but with some reservations or exceptions


    The auditor issued a qualified opinion due to the lack of documentation provided by the company.

  • a legal protection that allows a person to make statements without being held liable for defamation or slander, as long as the statements are made in good faith and without malice


    Journalists have a qualified privilege to report on matters of public interest without fear of being sued for defamation.

Origins of qualify

from Old French 'qualifier', from Medieval Latin 'qualificare', from Latin 'qualis' meaning 'of what kind' + 'facere' meaning 'to make'


Summary: qualify in Brief

The verb 'qualify' [ˈkwɒlɪfaɪ] has three main meanings: having the necessary skills, knowledge, or experience to do something; achieving a score or standard needed to enter a competition or study program; and limiting or modifying a statement or opinion. It can be used in phrases like 'qualify as,' 'qualify for the Olympics,' and 'qualify someone for a position.'

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