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qualify

verb  us   /ˈkwɑl·əˌfɑɪ/

qualify verb (REACH A STANDARD)

[I/T] to achieve or have the standard of skill, knowledge, or ability that is necessary for doing or being something, or to cause someone to reach that standard: [+ to infinitive] She was qualified to teach high school mathematics and physics. [I] Derrick won his tennis match and qualified for the semifinals. [I] James hopes to qualify as a nurse practitioner. [I/T] To qualify is also to have the legal right to have or do something: [I] She doesn’t qualify for maternity leave because she hasn’t worked there long enough.

qualify verb (LIMIT)

[T] to limit the strength or meaning of a statement: The press secretary later qualified the president’s remarks by saying he hadn’t been aware of all of the facts.
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