Qual·i·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Qualified p. pr. & vb. n. Qualifying ]
1. To make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity.
He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession. --Macaulay.
2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. --Sir T. Browne.
3. To reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition.
4. Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors.
I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
But qualify the fire's extreme rage. --Shak.
5. To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
In short space he has them qualified. --Spenser.
Syn: -- To fit; equip; prepare; adapt; capacitate; enable; modify; soften; restrict; restrain; temper.
adj : referring to or qualifying another sentence element;
"relative pronoun"; "relative clause"
n 1: the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies
the meaning of the phrase [syn: modification, limiting]
2: success in satisfying a test or requirement; "his future
depended on his passing that test"; "he got a pass in
introductory chemistry" [syn: passing, pass] [ant: failing]