Definition of Able in English :

Define Able in English

Able meaning in English

Meaning of Able in English

Pronunciation of Able in English

Able pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of able


1. able

(usually followed by to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

Example Sentences:
'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. able, capable

have the skills and qualifications to do things well

Example Sentences:
'able teachers'
'a capable administrator'
'children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable'

3. able

having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity

Example Sentences:
'able to learn'
'human beings are able to walk on two feet'
'Superman is able to leap tall buildings'

4. able, able-bodied

having a strong healthy body

Example Sentences:
'an able seaman'
'every able-bodied young man served in the army'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of able
1. (postpositive)
having the necessary power, resources, skill, time, opportunity, etc, to do something
able to swim
capable; competent; talented
an able teacher
3. law
qualified, competent, or authorized to do some specific act

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see synonyms of able
adjectiveWord forms: ˈabler (ˈeɪblər ; āˈblər) or ˈablest (ˈeɪbləst ; āˈbləst)
having enough power, skill, etc. to do something
able to read
having much power of mind; skilled; talented
an able teacher
3.  Law
legally qualified, authorized, or competent to do a specified act

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of able
1. Susceptible, capable, or worthy of a specified action: debatable.
2. Inclined or given to a specified state or action: changeable.
adj. a·bler, a·blest
1. Having sufficient power or resources to accomplish something: a singer able to reach high notes; a detergent able to remove stains.
2. Usage Problem Susceptible to action or treatment: The brakes were able to be fixed.
3. Especially capable or proficient: The new programmers proved to be very able.

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