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disable Syllabification: dis·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈāb(ə)l/

Definition of disable in English:


[with object]
1(Of a disease, injury, or accident) limit (someone) in their movements, senses, or activities: it’s an injury that could disable somebody for life (as adjective disabling) a progressively disabling disease [no object]: anxiety can disrupt and disable
More example sentences
  • I know how it feels to be disabled by this disease.
  • There are currently around 400,000 sufferers in the UK, many of whom are disabled by the disease and unable to work.
  • But how did he see it that clearly when his own daughter has been disabled by the disease?
incapacitate, put out of action, debilitate;
handicap, cripple, lame, maim, immobilize, paralyze
1.1Put out of action: the raiders tried to disable the alarm system
More example sentences
  • At midnight on Halloween 1989, his agents picked 13 locks and disabled two alarm systems to plant a bug in the Gambino offices.
  • But in a break-in at the weekend thieves forced open a toilet window, disabled the alarm system and put plastic bags over the CCTV cameras.
  • They disabled an alarm system at a store by cutting through live wires at a Telecom junction box which put thousands of phones in the region out of action.


Pronunciation: /diˈsābəlmənt/
Example sentences
  • Lydia has not been part of their growing years, nor has she been able to talk to them about congenital gender disablement and answer their questions about the condition.
  • In those circumstances, therefore, I am not satisfied that the disablement, albeit being physical infirmity or illness, did not arise directly or indirectly from a condition which first came into existence after 28 July.
  • These disablements can result in loss of gene function at the transcription or translation level since the sequence no longer results in the production of a protein.
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