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English definition of “qualify”

qualify

verb (LIMIT)    /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.faɪ/ US  /ˈkwɑː.lɪ-/
[T] to limit the strength or meaning of a statement : I'd like to qualify my criticisms of the school's failings , by adding that it's a very happy place .Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding [T] specialized language In grammar , a word or phrase that qualifies another word or phrase limits its meaning and makes it less general : In the sentence 'He walked quickly along the road ', ' quickly ' and 'along the road ' qualify ' walked '.Grammatical terms
(Definition of qualify verb (LIMIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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