Definition of "qualify" []

  • To describe by enumerating the characteristics or qualities of; characterize. (verb-transitive)
  • To make competent or eligible for an office, position, or task. (verb-transitive)
  • To declare competent or capable; certify. (verb-transitive)
  • To make legally capable; license. (verb-transitive)
  • To modify, limit, or restrict, as by giving exceptions. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide or be provided with the abilities or attributes necessary for a task, office, duty, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make less strong, harsh, or violent; moderate or restrict (verb)
  • To modify or change the strength or flavour of (verb)
  • To attribute a quality to; characterize (verb)
  • To progress to the final stages of a competition, as by winning preliminary contests (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "qualify" in a sentence
  • "You do know that government creating policy and requirements for mortgage companies to lend to consumers who would not normally qualify is the reason for the housing crisis, right?"
  • "A Tax deduction, on the other hand, which we ALL get to claim on our federal tax forms if we give enough charity to qualify, is subtracted on our tax return from the income we made."
  • "They will shake their heads when they tell you about the numbers game America ran on them: how when it serves its domineering interests to keep a race of people in captivity, all it takes to qualify is a mythical one drop of blood."