Qualify

Definition of Qualify

Qual´i`fy
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Qualified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Qualifying .]
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.
In short space he has them qualified.
- Spenser.
v. i.1.To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment.
2.To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office.

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