adjective (abler, ablest)
- 1 [with infinitive] Having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something: he was able to read Greek at the age of eight they would never be able to afford such a big houseMore example sentences
- When you add in council tax and other bills we know we wouldn't be able to afford that.
- The morning journey was relaxing and I was able to read a lot that will help me at work.
- Participants do not need to be able to read music or to have sung with a choir before.
- 2Having considerable skill, proficiency, or intelligence: the dancers were technically very ableMore example sentences
- Born into a noble family, Neroccio was one of the most able artists of late 15th-century Siena.
- Abler students would do well to supplement Post's book with Bell's ‘Elizabethan Women and Poetry of Courtship’.
- Two of the abler young novelists of the time, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, were converts to Roman Catholicism.
late Middle English (also in the sense 'easy to use, suitable'): from Old French hable, from Latin habilis 'handy', from habere 'to hold'.