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verb     qualify pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlequalifying
past tensequalified
past participlequalified
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  1. 1
    [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

    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 be a tabloid journalist.

  2. 2
    [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.

    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 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. 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. 4
    [transitive] linguistics a word that qualifies another word gives more information about it. For example, in ‘the dog barked furiously’, the adverbfuriouslyqualifies the verbbarked’.
  5. 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.

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