Translation of able in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈeɪbəl/


  • 1 (pred) to be able to + inf poder* + inf (referring to particular skills) saber* + inf to be able to see/hear poder* ver/oír to be able to sew/type saber* coser/escribir a máquina they were finally able to expose him finalmente pudieron desenmascararlo will you be able to go? ¿podrás ir? I am pleased to be able to inform you that … [formal] me complace poder comunicarle que … [formal] I think he's best able to answer that question himself creo que él es quien mejor puede contestar a esa pregunta by then you'll be able to speak French fluently para entonces vas a (saber) hablar francés con fluidez he proved well able to look after himself demostró que era capaz de or que podía valerse muy bien por sí mismo those least able to afford it aquellos que menos pueden permitírselo he wasn't able to convince them no pudo or no logró convencerlos I'm afraid I'm not able to confirm it me temo que no puedo or que no me es posible confirmarlo
  • 2
    (abler /ˈeɪblər; ˈeɪblə(r)/, ablest /ˈeɪbləst; ˈeɪblɪst/)
    (proficient) [politician/performer/administrator] hábil, capaz some of our ablest officers algunos de nuestros oficiales más capaces

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