V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. make something fit, especially by achieving the necessary requirements; 2. to gain the right to something because you meet the necessary requirements; 3. add information to something in order to clarify it

Synonyms: authorize, fit, certify, prepare, adapt, pass, train, weaken, temper, attribute, modify, distinguish

Antonyms: differ, deny, confound

Tips: Think of the related word quality, which means "attribute." In qualifying something, you are making sure or asserting that the thing has the necessary qualities to meet requirements. You can also qualify statements or remarks by being more specific. You can also qualify a statement by modifying or clarifying it and usually making it less strong or extreme: "Let me qualify my earlier, harsh statements about our Alma Mater by noting that I am still a supporter and a donor to the University."

Usage Examples:

She tried to qualify for the Olympics, but she didn't make the cut. (prepare, train)

Let me qualify my previous remarks by noting I still think you are the best sales executive we have. (temper, modify)

She was the best candidate out of all those who were qualified for the job. (fit, prepared) adjective

You should qualify your statements so they're not misinterpreted. (modify, distinguish)

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