Definitions for ENABLEɛnˈeɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•a•bleɛnˈeɪ bəl(v.t.)-bled, -bling.

  1. to make able; provide with means, ability, or opportunity:

    A scholarship enabled her to attend college.

  2. to make possible or easy:

    Lack of witnesses enabled him to get away with the crime.

  3. to authorize; empower:

    documents enabling them to enter the building.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. to make ready; equip (often used in combination):

    Web-enabled cell phones.

    Category: Computers

Origin of enable:

1375–1425

en•a′bler(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enable(verb)

    render capable or able for some task

    "This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street"; "The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. enable(verb)ɛnˈeɪ bəl

    ≠ prevent

    His army training enabled him to survive in the desert.

Wiktionary

  1. enable(Verb)

    To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.

  2. enable(Verb)

    To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow.

  3. enable(Verb)

    To allow a way out or excuse for an action.

    His parents enabled him to continue buying drugs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enable(verb)

    to give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong

  2. Enable(verb)

    to make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ENABLE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2154

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ENABLE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2847

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ENABLE' in Verbs Frequency: #229

Anagrams of ENABLE

  1. baleen


Translations for ENABLE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

enable(verb)

to make able by giving means, power or authority (to do something)

The money I inherited enabled me to go on a world cruise.

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