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verb qualify pronunciation in American English /ˈkwɑləˌfaɪ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyqualify
he/she/itqualifies
present participlequalifying
past tensequalified
past participlequalified
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to have the right qualities or be in the right situation to be considered as something or to receive or do something
    be qualified to do something:

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

    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 study grant.

    1. a.
      [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 food stamps.

      qualify someone to do something:

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

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become a member of a particular profession after a period of training or study
    fully/newly/properly qualified:

    a fully qualified ski instructor

    1. a.
      [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 become a scuba instructor.

  3. 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 game/tournament/round (=one that you need to win to go on to the next stage of a competition):

    Mexico's World Cup qualifying match against Canada

    1. a.
      to make it possible for a person or team to go on to the next stage of a competition
      qualify someone for something:

      Anke Huber defeated Mana Endo of Japan to qualify Germany for the second round of the World Group Fed Cup.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to add something to a statement in order to change it slightly or state the situations in which it is not true

    I should qualify the diagnosis by saying that your condition may improve with diet alone.

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