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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkwɑl.ɪ.faɪ/, enPR: kwŏlʹĭ-fī
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.faɪ/, enPR: kwŏlʹĭ-fī
- (obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈkwæl.ɪ.faɪ/, enPR: kwălʹĭ-fī
- Hyphenation: qual‧i‧fy
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- To describe or characterize something by listing its qualities.
- To make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task.
- 1856 December, [Thomas Babington] Macaulay, “Samuel Johnson [from the Encyclopædia Britannica]”, in T[homas] F[lower] E[llis], editor, The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, new edition, London: Longman, Green, Reader, & Dyer, published 1871, →OCLC:
- He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession.
- To certify or license someone for something.
- To modify, limit, restrict or moderate something; especially to add conditions or requirements for an assertion to be true.
- (now rare) To mitigate, alleviate (something); to make less disagreeable.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book II, Canto VI”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
- he balmes and herbes thereto applyde, / And euermore with mighty spels them charmd, / That in short space he has them qualifyde, / And him restor'd to health, that would haue algates dyde.
- To compete successfully in some stage of a competition and become eligible for the next stage.
- To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
- (juggling) To throw and catch each object at least twice.
- to qualify seven balls you need at least fourteen catches
to describe or characterize something by listing its qualities
to make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task
to certify or license someone for something
to modify, limit, restrict or moderate something
to compete successfully in some stage of a competition and become eligible for the next stage
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- (juggling) An instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.