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UK [ˈkwɒlɪfaɪ] / US [ˈkwɑləˌfaɪ] verb
Word forms "qualify":
present tense I/you/we/they qualify he/she/it qualifies present participle qualifying past tense qualified past participle qualified
a) [intransitive] to become a member of a particular profession after a period of training or study
qualify as:

Andrew qualified as a teacher in 1995.

qualify in:

After qualifying in medicine, he worked for a time at City Hospital.

be qualified to do something:

At the end of the course, you will be qualified to practise law.

fully/newly/properly qualified:

a fully qualified ski instructor

b) [transitive] to give someone the skills that they need to become a member of a particular profession
qualify someone to do something:

It is the only course in the country that qualifies you to be a tabloid journalist.

a) [intransitive] to have the right qualities or be in the right situation to be considered as something or to receive or do something
qualify as:

90% of the boat people did not qualify as refugees.

qualify for:

To qualify for Olympic status, a sport must be played in 50 countries and on three continents.

qualify for a discount/benefit/grant (= have the right to receive one):

You may qualify for a student grant.

be qualified to do something:

Only people over the age of 18 are qualified to vote.

b) [transitive] to make it possible for someone to be considered as something or to receive or do something
qualify someone for something:

Her income was too high to qualify her for any help with child care expenses.

qualify someone to do something:

The fact that his grandparents were Irish qualified him to play in the Irish national team.

3) [intransitive] to reach a particular stage of a competition by competing successfully in an earlier stage

It would be incredible if Brazil failed to qualify.

qualify for:

What are your team's chances of qualifying for the finals?

a qualifying match/tournament/round/tie (= one that you need to win to go on to the next stage of a competition):

Scotland's World Cup qualifying tie against Malta

4) [transitive] linguistics a word that qualifies another word gives more information about it. For example, in "the dog barked furiously", the adverb "furiously" qualifies the verb "barked".
5) [transitive] to add something to a statement in order to change it slightly or state the situations in which it is not true

I welcome the positive approach – perhaps I should qualify that by saying "the largely positive approach" – adopted by the government.

English dictionary. 2014.

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