Definition of agile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈajəl/


1Able to move quickly and easily: Ruth was as agile as a monkey
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  • And, to be honest, he did not seem to be that agile as he moved around stage.
  • They are so agile when they move, thanks to their abundance of elastic muscles.
  • Very active and agile, the young ones move around the open area without fear.
nimble, lithe, supple, limber, acrobatic, fleet-footed, light-footed, light on one's feet
literary fleet, lightsome
alert, sharp, acute, shrewd, astute, perceptive, quick-witted
1.1Able to think and understand quickly: his vague manner concealed an agile mind
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  • He offers a heroic portrait of a CIA director rebuilding the agency into a more agile, effective organization, partly along network lines.
  • Leaders can also use the agility checklist to ensure training events are developing the most agile leaders possible.
  • The right software can make any size company more efficient, more agile, more responsive.
2Relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans: agile methods replace high-level design with frequent redesign Contrasted with waterfall (adjective).
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  • My experiencee suggests that agile approaches can be successful in almost every kind of development team and in almost all organizations.
  • Offshore software application developers use agile methodology to bring flexibility to their development process.
  • I had been looking for some software to manage web projects in an agile and collaborative way.



Pronunciation: /ˈajə(l)lē/
Example sentences
  • Tamar led the way once again to the ladder and ascended quickly and agilely.
  • Hopping lightly and agilely, she smiled triumphantly as her foot landed on the edge.
  • To visit O'Brien's is a unique experience, as Frank O'Brien, walks agilely from the grocery to serve his customers in the adjoining bar.


Late Middle English: via French from Latin agilis, from agere 'do'.

  • actor from Late Middle English:

    An actor was originally simply ‘a doer’, usually an agent or an administrator; the theatrical sense dates from the 16th century. Like act (Late Middle English) it comes from Latin actus ‘thing done’, which comes from agere ‘to do, drive’. This is the basis of other English words such as agenda (early 17th century) ‘things to be done’; agent (Late Middle English) ‘someone or thing who does things’; agile (Late Middle English) ‘able to do things’; agitate (Late Middle English) originally meaning ‘drive away’; ambiguous (early 16th century) ‘drive in both ways’, a word, which appears to have been coined by the English scholar and statesman Sir Thomas More (1478–1535), originally in the sense ‘indistinct, obscure’; transaction (Late Middle English) ‘something driven across or through’ and many more. Actuality (Late Middle English) originally had the sense ‘activity’; from Old French actualite from actualis ‘active, practical’. The modern French word actualité (usually meaning ‘news’) is sometimes used in English to mean ‘truth’, a sense not found in French as in: ‘When asked why the company had not been advised to include the potential military use, he [Alan Clark] said it was our old friend economical…with the actualité’ (Independent 10 November 1992).

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Syllabification: ag·ile

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