qualifying


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Qualify \Qual"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Qualified; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Qualifying.] [F. qualifier, LL. qualificare, fr. L.
   qualis how constituted, as + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See
   Quality, and -Fy.]
   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.
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            He had qualified himself for municipal office by
            taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to
      regulate.
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            It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. --Sir
                                                  T. Browne.
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   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.
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   4. Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to
      reduce the strength of, as liquors.
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            I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
            But qualify the fire's extreme rage.  --Shak.
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   5. To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
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            In short space he has them qualified. --Spenser.
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   Syn: To fit; equip; prepare; adapt; capacitate; enable;
        modify; soften; restrict; restrain; temper.
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