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DISABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disable mean? 

DISABLE (verb)
  The verb DISABLE has 2 senses:

1. make unable to perform a certain action
2. injure permanently

  Familiarity information: DISABLE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISABLE (verb)


Sense 1disable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make unable to perform a certain action

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

disable; disenable; incapacitate

Context example:

disable this command on your computer

Hypernyms (to "disable" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disable"):

lay up (disable or confine, as with an illness)

nobble (disable by drugging)

pinion (cut the wings off (of birds))

confine; hold; restrain (to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Antonym:

enable (render capable or able for some task)


Sense 2disable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Injure permanently

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

handicap; disable; incapacitate; invalid

Context example:

He was disabled in a car accident

Hypernyms (to "disable" is one way to...):

injure; wound (cause injuries or bodily harm to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "disable"):

hock (disable by cutting the hock)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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