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Definitions of able

  1. Fit; adapted; suitable. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Given to; tending to; like to; fit to; worthy of; capable of; able to; as, changeable, honorable, thinkable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Ably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To vouch for. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Possessed of power, fitness, or means; competent; as, he is an able lawyer; active, strong. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Having sufficient strength, power, or means to do a thing: skillful. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Strong; skilful; capable. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Having adequate power; competent; capable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Having power, bodily or mental, to do a thing; superior intellectual qualifications: competent wealth or means; sufficient knowledge or skill; the requisite qualifications or legal power. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for able

  1. Don't you think he might be able to do something? – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  2. I may be able to give some help." – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
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