Definition of enable in English:

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Pronunciation: /enˈāb(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /inˈāb(ə)l/


[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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with enable

Abel, able, Babel, cable, fable, gable, label, Mabel, sable, stable, table

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Syllabification: en·a·ble

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