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.

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. Alejandro Cravioto:

    The strategy needs to be reinforced, there is no reason why we cannot try to reach every child to enable them to be fully immunized and protected against this disease.

  2. Jack Keane:

    It should have been done this year or, even better, next year. That would enable the staff to tee up the major issues of contention that we have as well as those issues that we may have some commonality and agreement on.

  3. Majid Ezzati:

    Policies that enable people in the poorest countries to access healthier foods — particularly reducing salt intake and making fruit and vegetables more affordable and accessible — alongside improving detection by expanding universal health coverage and primary care, and ensuring uninterrupted access to effective drugs, must be financed and implemented to slow the growing epidemic of high blood pressure in low - and middle-income countries.

  4. Medline Industries:

    This investment from some of the world's most experienced and successful private investment firms will enable us to accelerate that strategy while preserving the family-led culture that is core to our success.

  5. Thomas Brueck:

    To substitute 100 percent of the kerosene use today, we will not do it with algae alone. We need a combination of different technologies to actually enable that substitution.

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