What does disable mean?

Definitions for disabledɪsˈeɪ bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word disable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disable, disenable, incapacitate(verb)

    make unable to perform a certain action

    "disable this command on your computer"

  2. disable, invalid, incapacitate, handicap(verb)

    injure permanently

    "He was disabled in a car accident"


  1. disable(Verb)

    To render unable; to take away an ability of.

  2. disable(Verb)

    To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.

    Falling off the horse disabled him.

  3. disable(Verb)

    to deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.

    The pilot had to disable the autopilot of his airplane.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disable(adj)

    lacking ability; unable

  2. Disable(verb)

    to render unable or incapable; to destroy the force, vigor, or power of action of; to deprive of competent physical or intellectual power; to incapacitate; to disqualify; to make incompetent or unfit for service; to impair

  3. Disable(verb)

    to deprive of legal right or qualification; to render legally incapable

  4. Disable(verb)

    to deprive of that which gives value or estimation; to declare lacking in competency; to disparage; to undervalue

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disable

    dis-ā′bl, v.t. to deprive of power: to weaken: to disqualify.—ns. Disā′blement, Disabil′ity, want of power; want of legal qualification: disqualification.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Greg Austin:

    It's clear United States policy to develop the cyber capability to disable enemy ballistic missiles.

  2. Charles Mathias:

    This could degrade or disable communications on both systems, causing either both to function improperly or stop functioning altogether.

  3. Former Lt. Col Rick Francona:

    The vessels themselves may be of interest, but they certainly are not classified, in terms of the electronics the sailors could easily disable the electronic and classified information with a few key strokes.

Images & Illustrations of disable

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Translations for disable

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تعطيلArabic
  • правя неспособен, изключвамBulgarian
  • deaktivieren, außerstande setzen, außer Stand setzen, außer Stande setzen, abschalten, behindern, außerstand setzenGerman
  • incapacitar, discapacitar, desactivar, inutilizar, mutilarSpanish
  • lukustama, sandistama, halvamaEstonian
  • tehdä, kytkeä, lamauttaa, vammauttaaFinnish
  • अक्षम करेंHindi
  • disattivare, disabilitareItalian
  • 無効, 無力化Japanese
  • onmogelijk maken, uitschakelen, deactiverenDutch
  • gjøre funksjonshemmet, passivisere, utmanøvrere, funksjonshemme, sette ut av stand til, deaktivereNorwegian
  • incapacitar, desabilitar, desligar, desativar, aleijarPortuguese
  • отключить, калечить, отключать, покалечить, деактивировать, [[делать]] [[неспособныйRussian
  • avaktivera, sätta ur stånd, deaktiveraSwedish

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