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Definition for: able

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English

Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
care war short #391: able five need met

Etymology

From Old French habile , from Latin habilis , from habere "to hold".

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /eɪbl/ , /eɪbəl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪbəl

Homophones

  • Abel

Adjective

able ( comparative abler , superlative ablest )

  1. ( dated ) Healthy.
    After the past week of forced marches, only half the men are fully able .
  2. Not prevented from; permitted to; having the power or capacity to.
    With that obstacle removed, I am now able to proceed with my plan.
    I'm only able to visit you when I have other work here.
    I'll see you as soon as I'm able .
  3. Skillful.
    The chairman was also an able sailor.
  4. ( law ) Legally qualified or competent.
    In most states, such a person is not able to inherit property.

Translations

healthy

  • Dutch: gezond, abel
  • Finnish: terve
  • Greek: ικανός (ikanós) m .
  • Korean: 기운 있는 ki-oun-een-neun
  • Spanish: sano

be able to

  • Korean: 할 수 있는 hahl-soo-een-neun
  • Lojban: kakne
  • Polish: móc, mieć możliwość, potrafić
  • Slovak: schopný m , schopná f , schopné n'
  • Spanish: poder, ser capaz de
  • Swedish: kapabel, i stånd att, ha möjlighet att
  • Rohingya: fare

skillful

  • Danish: habil, kompetent, dygtig
  • Dutch: competent, handig, bedreven
  • Finnish: taitava
  • French: capable, expérimenté
  • German: fähig
  • Greek: ικανός (ikanós) {{m}
  • Korean: 능란한 neung-nahn-hwan
  • Polish: umiejętny, zręczny
  • Romanian: abil
  • Slovak: schopný m , schopná f , schopné n
  • Spanish: diestro, hábil, capaz
  • Swedish: kompetent, skicklig

legally qualified

  • French: habilité
  • Korean: 유자격의 you-jah-gyuh-geh
  • Slovak: kompetentný m , kompetentná f , kompetentné n
  • Spanish: competente
  • Basque : gauza (2), gai (2), trebe (3), iaio (3), abil (3)
  • Breton : gouest da + verb / d'ober un dra bennak (to do something), barrek
  • Esperanto : ebla
  • Indonesian : mampu
  • Rohingya : fare
  • Spanish : capaz
  • Lithuanian : įgalus

Verb

to able ( third-person singular simple present ables , present participle abling , simple past abled , past participle abled )

  1. ( transitive ) ( obsolete ) To make capable; to enable; to strengthen.
  2. ( transitive ) ( obsolete ) To vouch for.
    • I'll able 'em. - Shakespeare, King Lear, IV-vi

Related terms

Translations

to make capable

Shorthand

Gregg

  • (Version: Centennial,Series 90,DJS,Simplified,Anniversary,Pre-Anniversary): a - b - l

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