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1 : to limit or modify in some way
2 : to make or consider eligible or fit [his training and experience qualified him as an expert witness]
3 : to issue a certificate or license to
1 : to meet certain requirements or criteria [ for a tax credit]
2 : to acquire competent power or capacity [has just qualified as a lawyer]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.