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 for qualify
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.
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     2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to
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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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Qualify \Qual"i*fy\, v. i.
     1. To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or
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     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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: prove capable or fit; meet requirements [syn: qualify,
           measure up]
      2: pronounce fit or able; "She was qualified to run the
         marathon"; "They nurses were qualified to administer the
         injections" [ant: disqualify]
      3: make more specific; "qualify these remarks" [syn: qualify,
      4: make fit or prepared; "Your education qualifies you for this
         job" [syn: qualify, dispose] [ant: disqualify,
         indispose, unfit]
      5: specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or
         agreement; make an express demand or provision in an
         agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the
         house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the
         dates of the payments" [syn: stipulate, qualify,
         condition, specify]
      6: describe or portray the character or the qualities or
         peculiarities of; "You can characterize his behavior as that
         of an egotist"; "This poem can be characterized as a lament
         for a dead lover" [syn: qualify, characterize,
      7: add a modifier to a constituent [syn: modify, qualify]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "qualify":
     abate, accommodate, adapt, adjust, adjust to, alter, ameliorate,
     answer, ascribe, assign, assuage, attribute, attune, authorize,
     avail, be OK, be blooded, be equal to, be successful, bear, better,
     bound, box, box in, box up, break up, capacitate, catch on,
     certify, change, check out, circumscribe, click, come off,
     condition, confine, connect, contain, convert, copyright, cramp,
     deform, denature, diminish, discipline, distinguish, diversify, do,
     do it, do the job, draw the line, enable, equip, farewell,
     fill the bill, fit, fit out, fulfill, furnish, get by, go,
     go around, go great guns, go off, go over, go over big, go to town,
     graduate, hack it, have the qualifications, hedge, hedge about,
     hem, hem in, hold, improve, impute, individualize, individuate,
     just do, keep from spreading, keep within bounds, leaven, limit,
     localize, make a hit, make reservations, make the grade, mark,
     measure up, meet, meet requirements, meet with success, meliorate,
     mitigate, moderate, modify, modulate, mutate, narrow, overthrow,
     palliate, pass, pass muster, patent, predicate, prepare, prevail,
     prosper, put in trim, put in tune, re-create, reach, ready,
     realign, rebuild, reconstruct, redesign, reduce, refit, reform,
     register, regulate by, relate, remake, renew, reshape, restrain,
     restrict, restructure, revamp, revive, ring the changes, satisfy,
     scant, season, serve, serve the purpose, set conditions,
     set limits, set terms, shift the scene, shuffle the cards,
     signalize, soften, specialize, specifically provide, stand,
     stand up, stint, stipulate, stipulate for, straiten, stretch,
     subvert, succeed, suffice, suit, take, take it, temper, tighten,
     tune, turn the scale, turn the tables, turn the tide,
     turn upside down, vary, work, work a change, work well,
     work wonders, worsen

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