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qualify

verb
 
 
/ˈkwɒlɪfaɪ/
BE ALLOWED [I, T] B2 If you qualify for something, you are allowed to do it or have it, and if something qualifies you for something, it allows you to do it or have it: To qualify for the competition, you must be over 18. His disability qualifies him for extra benefits. →  Opposite disqualify Allowing and permitting
PASS EXAMS [I] mainly UK B2 to pass exams so that you are able to do a job: He's recently qualified as a doctor.School and vocational qualifications
GET INTO COMPETITION [I] B2 to succeed in getting into a competition: Nigeria were the first team to qualify for the World Cup.Competitions, and parts of competitions
ADD [T] to add something to what you say to make its meaning less certainDoubt and ambivalenceHesitating
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