able - definitions and synonyms

able adjective

  1. English Meaning: 

    : (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

    Example Sentenses:

    • 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

  2. English Meaning: 

    : have the skills and qualifications to do things well

    Example Sentenses:

    • able teachers

    • a capable administrator

    • children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable

    Synonyms:

    capable
  3. English Meaning: 

    : having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity

    Example Sentenses:

    • able to learn

    • human beings are able to walk on two feet

    • Superman is able to leap tall buildings

  4. English Meaning: 

    : having a strong healthy body

    Example Sentenses:

    • an able seaman

    • every able-bodied young man served in the army

    Synonyms:

    able-bodied

Usage Examples:

  • Intel was able to recover quickly from its missteps because it has deep pockets.
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