Definition of enable in English:


Syllabification: en·a·ble
Pronunciation: /enˈābəl


[with object]
  • 1Give (someone or something) the authority or means to do something: [with object and infinitive]: the evidence would enable us to arrive at firm conclusions
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    • She says they are sending her a letter of authority to enable her to accompany the deceased back to China.
    • The evidence enables him to describe how individuals and even groups became ensnared.
    • Technology is also enabling people with chronic illnesses to remain productive.
    allow, permit, let, give the means, equip, empower, make able, fit; make possible, facilitate; authorize, entitle, qualify
    formal capacitate
  • 1.1Make possible: a number of courses are available to enable an understanding of a broad range of issues
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    • Their findings will be available within days enabling the lifebuoy committee to proceed with putting more buoys in place.
    • Accounts are expected to be available by next year, enabling a wide range of authorised providers to offer the funds.
    • There are also 16 day-places at the hospice, enabling sufferers to chat with people who understand the trauma they are going through.
  • 2chiefly Computing Make (a device or system) operational; activate.
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    • Yet service providers are relatively constrained when it comes to enabling Ethernet services.
    • The problem was that no one really needed Internet Printing services enabled by default.
    • So far as we could gather, the Net service is enabled by default and has to be switched off in BIOS setup.
  • 2.1 (as adjective, in combination -enabled) Adapted for use with the specified application or system: WAP-enabled mobile phones
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    • At the moment our exchange is not ADSL enabled, which I find surprising as we're not exactly in the middle of nowhere!
    • If your computer is not JavaScript enabled, click the launch link and you will be taken automatically to a version which does not use javascript.
    • The service is available to business travellers with wireless Internet enabled laptop computer or PDA.



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  • He added that broadband enablement remained a top priority for the telecoms group which launched its Highlands and Islands initiative last week.
  • Rather, we are on the cusp of a most exciting and hopeful era, the age of enablement.
  • A revolution in communications is happening now. e-Business and Internet enablement are a big part of that revolution, but they're still only a part.


late Middle English (formerly also as inable): from en-1, in-2, + able.

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