December 26, 2018
qualify (verb)
\KWAH-luh-fye\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : to make less general or more limited : modify b : to make less harsh or strict : moderate c : to limit the meaning of (as a noun)2 : to describe in a particular way3 a : to fit or be fit (as by training, skill, or ability) for a special purpose b : license
How do you use it?
Mirabel was ecstatic after she qualified for the state championships in cross country.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the root words below do you think is the parent of "qualify"?

You are some kind of word wiz if you chose D! "Qualify" came into English ultimately from the Latin word "qualis," which means "of what kind." "Qualis" was modified to form "qualificare" in Medieval Latin, which then became the Middle French "qualifier." English speakers began using "qualify" in the early 1500s. "Quality," meaning "basic and individual nature" or "a basic characteristic," is another descendant of "qualis." "Quality" was first used sometime in the 1300s. It made its way from the Latin "qualis" through Anglo-French to become the Middle English "qualite," and then on to Modern English as "quality."
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