qualify ( qualifies 3rd person present) ( qualifying present participle) ( qualified past tense & past participle )
1 verb When someone qualifies, they pass the examinations that they need to be able to work in a particular profession.
But when I'd qualified and started teaching it was a different story... V
I qualified as a doctor from London University over 30 years ago. V as/in n, Also V to-inf
2 verb If you qualify for something or if something qualifies you for it, you have the right to do it or have it.
To qualify for maternity leave you must have worked for the same employer for two years... V for n
The basic course does not qualify you to practise as a therapist. V n to-inf
...skills that qualify foreigners for work visas. V n for n
...highly trained staff who are well qualified to give unbiased, practical advice. V-ed, Also V, V to-inf
3 verb To qualifyas something or to be qualifiedas something means to have all the features that are needed to be that thing.
13 percent of American households qualify as poor, says Mr. Mishel... V as n
These people seem to think that reading a few books on old age qualifies them as experts. V n as n, Also V
4 verb If you qualify in a competition, you are successful in one part of it and go on to the next stage.
Nottingham Forest qualified for the final by beating Tranmere on Tuesday... V for n
Cameroon have also qualified after beating Sierra Leone. V
...a World Cup qualifying match. V-ing
qualifier ( qualifiers plural) n-count
Kenya's Robert Kibe was the fastest qualifier for the 800 metres final.
5 verb If you qualify a statement, you make it less strong or less general by adding a detail or explanation to it.
I would qualify that by putting it into context. V n
qualifier ( qualifiers plural )
1 n-count A qualifier is an early round or match in some competitions. The players or teams who are successful are able to continue to the next round or to the main competition.
Last week Wales lost 5-1 to Romania in a World Cup qualifier.
2 n-count In grammar, a qualifier is a word or group of words that comes after a noun and gives more information about the person or thing that the noun refers to.