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able - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'able' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Able [ a.]
- To make able; to enable; to strengthen.
- To vouch for.
2 . Able [ superl.]
- Fit; adapted; suitable.
- Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.
- Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech.
- Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.

Meaning of 'able' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . able [ a]
Meaning (1):
- (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
Example in sentence:
  • able to get a grant for the project;
  • able to swim;
  • she was able to program her computer;
  • we were at last able to buy a car
2 . able [ s]
Meaning (2):
- have the skills and qualifications to do things well
Example in sentence:
  • a capable administrator;
  • able teachers;
  • children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable
Meaning (3):
- having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
Example in sentence:
  • able to learn;
  • human beings are able to walk on two feet;
  • Superman is able to leap tall buildings
Meaning (4):
- having a strong healthy body
Example in sentence:
  • an able seaman;
  • every able-bodied young man served in the army