Definition of able in English:


Syllabification: a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈābəl

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 he would never be able to afford such a big house
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    • 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.
    capable of, competent to, equal to, up to, fit to, prepared to, qualified to; allowed to, free to, in a position to


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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