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English definition of “qualify”

qualify

verb [I/T] (REACH A STANDARD)   /ˈkwɑl·əˌfɑɪ/
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 . 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.
(Definition of qualify verb (REACH A STANDARD) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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