able meaning

[ 'eibl ] Pronunciation:   "able" in a sentence
  • Adjective: able (abler,ablest)  eybul
    1. (usually followed by 'to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
      "able to swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we were at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant for the project"
    2. Have the skills and qualifications to do things well
      "able teachers"
      - capable
    3. Having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
      "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
    4. Having a strong healthy body
      "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army"
      - able-bodied
    Adjective suffix: -able
    1. Able to be, subject to
      - -ible

    Derived forms: ablest, abler

    See also: ability, ably, capable, competent, fit, power

    Antonym: unable

    Encyclopedia: -able


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  1. the firm was not able to meet its obligations.
  2. we were able to look round comfortably.
  3. would you be able to hear at such a distance?
  4. no one was able to reach the farther shore.
  5. so electricity was able to produce magnetism!

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