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ABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does able mean? 

ABLE (adjective)
  The adjective ABLE has 4 senses:

1. (usually followed by 'to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
2. have the skills and qualifications to do things well
3. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
4. having a strong healthy body

  Familiarity information: ABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABLE (adjective)


Sense 1able [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually followed by 'to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

Context examples:

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

Attribute:

ability (the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment)

ability; power (possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done)

Antonym:

unable ((usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how)


Sense 2able [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have the skills and qualifications to do things well

Synonyms:

able; capable

Context examples:

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

Similar:

competent (properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient)


Sense 3able [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity

Context examples:

able to learn / human beings are able to walk on two feet / Superman is able to leap tall buildings

Similar:

capable ((usually followed by 'of') having capacity or ability)


Sense 4able [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a strong healthy body

Synonyms:

able-bodied; able

Context examples:

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

Similar:

fit; healthy (physically and mentally sound or healthy)


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