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Dictionary Definition

able adj
1 (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; "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" [ant: unable]
2 have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: capable]
3 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"
4 having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army" [syn: able-bodied]

User Contributed Dictionary



From habile, from habilis, from habere "to hold".


  • /eɪbl̩/|/eɪbəl/, 1=/eIbl=/|2=/eIb@l/
  • Rhymes: -eɪbəl
  • Hyphenation: a·ble



  1. 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. Legally qualified or competent.
    In most states, such a person is not able to inherit property.


be able to
legally qualified
Translations to be checked


  1. To make capable; to enable; to strengthen.
  2. To vouch for.
    • I’ll able ’em. — Shakespeare, King Lear, IV-vi


to make capable



Extensive Definition

Abel may refer to:
  • In the Bible, Abel is one of two children of Adam and Eve
  • being healthy or possessing any ability
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See also

able in German: ABLE
able in Finnish: Able

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