- to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize: This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
- to make possible or easy: Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
- to make ready; equip (often used in combination): web-enabled cell phones.
Origin of enable
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1. empower, qualify, allow, permit.
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Again she fell upon her knees, and prayed God to enable her.Weighed and Wanting
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- to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
- to make possible
- to put (a digital electronic circuit element) into an operative condition by supplying a suitable input pulse
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Word Origin and History for enable
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