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QUAL'IFY, v.t. [L. qualis, such, and facio, to make.]

1. To fit for any place, office, occupation or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; as, to qualify a man for a judge, for a minister of state or of the gospel, for a general or admiral. Holiness alone can qualify men for the society of holy beings.

2. To make capable of any employment or privilege; to furnish with legal power or capacity; as, in England, to qualify a man to kill game.

3. To abate; to soften; to diminish; as, to qualify the rigor of a statute.

I do no seek to quench your love's hot fire, but qualify the fire's extreme rage.

4. To ease; to assuage.

5. To modify; to restrain; to limit by exceptions; as, to qualify words or expressions, or to qualify the sense of words or phrases.

6. To modify; to regulate; to vary; as, to qualify sounds.



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QUAL'IFY, v.t. [L. qualis, such, and facio, to make.]

1. To fit for any place, office, occupation or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; as, to qualify a man for a judge, for a minister of state or of the gospel, for a general or admiral. Holiness alone can qualify men for the society of holy beings.

2. To make capable of any employment or privilege; to furnish with legal power or capacity; as, in England, to qualify a man to kill game.

3. To abate; to soften; to diminish; as, to qualify the rigor of a statute.

I do no seek to quench your love's hot fire, but qualify the fire's extreme rage.

4. To ease; to assuage.

5. To modify; to restrain; to limit by exceptions; as, to qualify words or expressions, or to qualify the sense of words or phrases.

6. To modify; to regulate; to vary; as, to qualify sounds.

QUAL'I-FY, v.t. [Fr. qualifier; It. qualificare; Sp. calificar; L. qualis, such, and facio, to make.]

  1. To fit for any place, office, occupation or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; as, to qualify a man for a judge, for a minister of state or of the gospel, for a general or admiral. Holiness alone can qualify men for the society of holy beings.
  2. To make capable of any employment or privilege; to furnish with legal power or capacity; as, in England, to qualify a man to kill game.
  3. To abate; to soften; to diminish; as, to qualify the rigor of a statute. I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire, / But qualify the fire's extreme rage. – Shak.
  4. To ease; to assuage. – Spenser.
  5. To modify; to restrain; to limit by exceptions; as, to qualify words or expressions, or to qualify the sense of words or phrases.
  6. To modify; to regulate; to vary; as, to qualify sounds.

Qual"i*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.

    He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession. Macaulay.

  2. To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment.
  3. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.

    It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. Sir T. Browne.

  4. To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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Qualify

QUAL'IFY, verb transitive [Latin qualis, such, and facio, to make.]

1. To fit for any place, office, occupation or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; as, to qualify a man for a judge, for a minister of state or of the gospel, for a general or admiral. Holiness alone can qualify men for the society of holy beings.

2. To make capable of any employment or privilege; to furnish with legal power or capacity; as, in England, to qualify a man to kill game.

3. To abate; to soften; to diminish; as, to qualify the rigor of a statute.

I do no seek to quench your love's hot fire, but qualify the fire's extreme rage.

4. To ease; to assuage.

5. To modify; to restrain; to limit by exceptions; as, to qualify words or expressions, or to qualify the sense of words or phrases.

6. To modify; to regulate; to vary; as, to qualify sounds.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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