Definition of able in English:

able

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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪb(ə)l
 
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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 house
More 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.
Synonyms
2Having considerable skill, proficiency, or intelligence: the dancers were technically very able
More 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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (also in the sense 'easy to use, suitable'): from Old French hable, from Latin habilis 'handy', from habere 'to hold'.

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