qualify

Make sure you know the context when using the word qualify. In one sense, it means to be right for, to measure up. In another sense, though, qualify means to change something slightly, to limit it or add a condition to it.

If you want to qualify for your driver's license, remember not to drive through that final stop sign without stopping. I guarantee you that if you don't stop you will not qualify. You don't just get your Eagle Badge. You have to qualify for it—there's a lot to do before you get it. The word might be used in its other sense like this: If you plan to get married, keep your vows simple: say "I do." Don't qualify them by saying something like "I do...except sometimes, when I don't." If you have to qualify your wedding vows, don't get married.

Primary Meanings of qualify

1.
v
prove capable or fit; meet requirements
2.
v
make more specific
Full Definitions of qualify
1

v prove capable or fit; meet requirements

Synonyms:
measure up
Type of:
answer, do, serve, suffice
be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

v make fit or prepared

“Your education qualifies you for this job”
Synonyms:
dispose
Antonyms:
disqualify, indispose, unfit
make unfit or unsuitable
Types:
habilitate
qualify for teaching at a university in Europe
capacitate
make capable
Type of:
groom, prepare, train
educate for a future role or function

v pronounce fit or able

“She was qualified to run the marathon”
“They nurses were qualified to administer the injections”
Antonyms:
disqualify
declare unfit
Types:
capacitate
make legally capable or qualify in law
Type of:
judge, label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on
2

v make more specific

qualify these remarks”
Synonyms:
restrict
Type of:
modify
make less severe or harsh or extreme

v add a modifier to a constituent

Synonyms:
modify
Type of:
add
make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of

v specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

Synonyms:
condition, specify, stipulate
stipulate
give a guarantee or promise of
Types:
provide
determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
Type of:
contract, undertake
enter into a contractual arrangement

v describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

Synonyms:
characterise, characterize
Types:
differentiate, distinguish, mark
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
stamp
reveal clearly as having a certain character
characterise, characterize
be characteristic of
Type of:
remember, think of
keep in mind for attention or consideration

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