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.

Definitions of qualify
  1. verb
    prove capable or fit; meet requirements
    synonyms: measure up
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    type of:
    answer, do, serve, suffice
    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
  2. verb
    make fit or prepared
    “Your education qualifies you for this job”
    synonyms: dispose
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    disqualify, indispose, unfit
    make unfit or unsuitable
    qualify for teaching at a university in Europe
    make capable
    type of:
    groom, prepare, train
    educate for a future role or function
  3. verb
    pronounce fit or able
    “She was qualified to run the marathon”
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    declare unfit
    make legally capable or qualify in law
    type of:
    judge, label, pronounce
    pronounce judgment on
  4. verb
    make more specific
    qualify these remarks”
    synonyms: restrict
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    type of:
    make less severe or harsh or extreme
  5. verb
    add a modifier to a constituent
    synonyms: modify
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    type of:
    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
  6. verb
    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
    synonyms: condition, specify, stipulate
    give a guarantee or promise of
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    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
  7. verb
    describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
    synonyms: characterise, characterize
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    differentiate, distinguish, mark
    be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
    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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