What does enable mean?

Definitions for enable
ɛnˈeɪ bəlen·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enableverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. enableverb

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

  2. enableverb

    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. enableverb

    To allow a way out or excuse for an action.

    His parents enabled him to continue buying drugs.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Enableverb

    To make able; to confer power; to give strength or ability.

    Etymology: from able.

    If thou would’st vouchsafe to overspread
    Me with the shadow of thy gentle wing,
    I should enabled be thy acts to sing. Edmund Spenser, Hymn on Love.

    His great friendship with God might enable him, and his compassion might incline him. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    He points out to him the way of life, strengthens his weakness, restores his lapses, and enables him to walk and persevere in it. John Rogers, Sermon 14.

ChatGPT

  1. enable

    Enable generally means to make someone or something able to do or achieve something; provide with the means or opportunity to accomplish an action or task. It can also refer to the process of activating a function, program, or device.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enableverb

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

  2. Enableverb

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enable

    en-ā′bl, v.t. to make able: to give power, strength, or authority to.

Editors Contribution

  1. enable

    To give ability to.

    They did enable the task easil.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enable in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of enable in a Sentence

  1. James Kavanagh:

    It should help smallholder farmers realize their rights a lot quicker and enable them to pass those rights on a lot easier.

  2. Postmaster General Megan Brennan:

    As Congress and the Administration take steps to support businesses and industries around the country, it is imperative that they also take action to shore up the finances of the The Postal Service, and enable us to continue to fulfill our indispensable role during the pandemic, and to play an effective role in the nation's economic recovery, we are at a critical juncture in the life of the The Postal Service.

  3. Alexander Hamilton:

    In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

  4. Mark Esper:

    We presently have troops in a couple of cities that (are)located right near that area, the purpose is to deny access, specifically revenue to ISIS (Islamic State) and any other groups that may want to seek that revenue to enable their own malign activities.

  5. The ECB:

    It is up to the relevant authorities and the entities themselves to determine if and when TIBER-EU based tests are performed, tests will be tailor-made and will not result in a pass or fail – rather they will provide the tested entity with insight into its strengths and weaknesses, and enable it to learn and evolve to a higher level of cyber maturity.

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