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qualifyverb

 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 ​schoolmathematics and ​physics. [I] Derrick ​won his ​tennismatch and qualified for the ​semifinals. [I] James ​hopes to qualify as a ​nursepractitioner.
[I/T] To qualify is also to have the ​legalright to have or do something: [I] She doesn’t qualify for ​maternityleave because she hasn’t ​worked there ​long enough.
  • qualify verb (LIMIT)

[T] to ​limit the ​strength or ​meaning of a ​statement: The ​presssecretarylater qualified the president’s ​remarks by saying he hadn’t been ​aware of all of the ​facts.
(Definition of qualify from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"qualify" in British English

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qualifyverb

uk   /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.faɪ/  us   /ˈkwɑː.lə.faɪ/
  • qualify verb (FINISH TRAINING)

B2 [I or T] to ​successfullyfinish a ​trainingcourse so that you are ​able to do a ​job; to have or ​achieve the ​necessaryskills, etc.: She ​hopes to qualify (as a ​lawyer) at the end of the ​year. [+ obj + to infinitive ] This ​course qualifies you toteach in any ​secondaryschool.

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  • qualify verb (HAVE RIGHT)

B2 [I or T] to have the ​legalright to have or do something because of the ​situation you are in, or to ​cause someone to have such a ​right: She doesn't qualify formaternityleave because she hasn't been in her ​joblong enough. To qualify for the ​competition you need to be over 18. Being a ​singleparent qualifies you forextrabenefits. [+ obj + to infinitive ] figurative He ​thinks the ​fact that he's ​worked here ​longer than the ​rest of us qualifies him (= gives him the ​right) totell us all what to do.

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  • qualify verb (GET INTO COMPETITION)

B2 [I] to ​succeed in getting into a ​competition: Nigeria was the first ​team to qualify for the World Cup. England has to ​win tonight's qualifying ​match to ​advance to the next round of the ​competition. Our ​goal has always been to ​reach the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
  • qualify verb (LIMIT)

[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 ​happyplace.
[T] specialized language In ​grammar, a word or phrase that qualifies another word or phrase ​limitsitsmeaning and makes it less ​general: In the ​sentence "He ​walkedquickly along the ​road", "​quickly" and "along the ​road" qualify "​walked".
(Definition of qualify from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"qualify" in Business English

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qualifyverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈkwɒlɪfaɪ/
HR to successfully ​finish a ​course of ​study or ​training or ​achieve the necessary ​skills so that you are able to do a ​job: There are many different ​branches of nursing which are ​available after qualifying.qualify as sth She qualified as an ​accountant in 2006.qualify sb to do sth The ​course would qualify you to ​work abroad.
to have the ​legalright to have or do something because of your ​situation, or to give someone this ​right: qualify for sth Some women may have too many ​gaps in their ​workinglife to qualify for a ​fullpension. If ​rateskeepdecreasing more borrowers will qualify for ​loans.qualify sb for sth Sub ​primeloans are given to borrowers whose ​credit would not qualify them for a ​conventionalhomeloan.
(Definition of qualify from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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