What does disable mean?

Definitions for disable
dɪsˈeɪ bəldis·able

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


  1. disableverb

    To render unable; to take away an ability of.

  2. disableverb

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

    Falling off the horse disabled him.

  3. disableverb

    to deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.

    The pilot had to disable the autopilot of his airplane.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disable, disenable, incapacitateverb

    make unable to perform a certain action

    "disable this command on your computer"

  2. disable, invalid, incapacitate, handicapverb

    injure permanently

    "He was disabled in a car accident"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disableadjective

    lacking ability; unable

  2. Disableverb

    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. Disableverb

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

  4. Disableverb

    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.

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  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

Examples of disable in a Sentence

  1. Jason Healey:

    The concern at [ the Department of Homeland Security ] and the Pentagon will be that ransomware will hit at the county and state level to disable voting registers, vote tallying and reporting, and result reporting, election machines themselves should be harder [ to compromise ], as they're less connected.

  2. Greg Austin:

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

  3. Charles Mathias:

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

  4. Thoko Elphick-Pooley:

    We can use the impetus we have now from COVID to deal with some of those diseases, like leprosy, which was around thousands of years ago and is still around, we get outraged by diseases that kill, but not by diseases that disable.

  5. 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.

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  • 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
  • wyłączyćPolish
  • incapacitar, desabilitar, desligar, desativar, aleijarPortuguese
  • отключить, калечить, отключать, покалечить, деактивировать, [[делать]] [[неспособныйRussian
  • avaktivera, sätta ur stånd, deaktiveraSwedish
  • vô hiệu hóaVietnamese

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