Definitions for ableˈeɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bleˈeɪ bəl(adj.)a•bler, a•blest.

  1. having the necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications to do something:

    able to read music; not able to vote.

  2. having or showing unusual talent, intelligence, skill, or knowledge:

    an able leader.

Origin of able:

1275–1325; ME < MF < L habilis easy to handle, adaptable =hab(ēre) to have, hold +-ilis -ile1


  1. a suffix meaning “capable of, susceptible of, fit for, tending to, given to,” associated in meaning with the word able , occurring in loanwords from Latin (laudable); used in English to form adjectives from stems of any origin (teachable; photographable).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -ble, 1 -ible.

Origin of -able:

ME < OF < L -ābilis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. able(adj)

    (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. able, capable(adj)

    have the skills and qualifications to do things well

    "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"

  3. able(adj)

    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. able, able-bodied(adj)

    having a strong healthy body

    "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. able(adjective)ˈeɪ bəl

    ≠ unable

    Would you be able to help?

  2. ableˈeɪ bəl

    intelligent and skilled; = competent

    a very able student


  1. able(Noun)

    A word that is used in place of the letter "A" during communication.

  2. able(Verb)

    To make capable; to enable; to strengthen.

  3. able(Verb)

    To vouch for.

  4. able(Adjective)

    Having the physical strength; robust; healthy.

    After the past week of forced marches, only half the men are fully able.

  5. able(Adjective)

    Having the neccesary powers or the needed resources to accomplish a task.

    Iu2019ll see you as soon as Iu2019m able.

  6. able(Adjective)

    Designed and constructed or endowed with the ability to accomplish a specific task.

    That MP3 player is able to hold 5000 songs.

  7. able(Adjective)

    Free from constraints preventing completion of task; permitted to; not prevented from;

  8. able(Adjective)

    Situated and constructed in such a way as to be susceptible or commonly subjected to an action or procedure.

    That cliff is able to be climbed.

  9. able(Adjective)

    Gifted with skill, intelligence, knowledge, or competence.

    The chairman was also an able sailor.

  10. able(Adjective)

    Rich, well-to-do; fit to cope with.

  11. able(Adjective)

    Legally qualified or competent.

    In most states, such a person is not able to inherit property.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Able

    fit; adapted; suitable

  2. Able

    having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano

  3. Able

    specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech

  4. Able

    legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property

  5. Able(adj)

    to make able; to enable; to strengthen

  6. Able(adj)

    to vouch for


  1. ABLE

    ABLE is a simplified programming language targeted at accounting applications.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'able' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #297

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'able' in Written Corpus Frequency: #302

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'able' in Adjectives Frequency: #23

Translations for able

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having enough strength, knowledge etc to do something

He was able to open the door; He will come if he is able.

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