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enable

[en-ey-buh l] /ɛnˈeɪ bəl/
verb (used with object), enabled, enabling.
1.
to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize:
This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
2.
to make possible or easy:
Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
3.
to make ready; equip (often used in combination):
web-enabled cell phones.
Origin of enable
1375-1425
Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at en-1, able
Related forms
enabler, noun
preenable, verb (used with object), preenabled, preenabling.
Synonyms
1. empower, qualify, allow, permit.
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  • His long habit of thought concerning her enabled him to master this foolishness.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Him, his own high-born pupil was enabled to unmask, and his disgrace was visited on me.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The half-minute or so of talk had enabled him to regain his breath.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But this order has been given to you that the traitors may be enabled to leave the town.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Has he been enabled to travel in his suite as far as Venice?

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for enabled

enable

/ɪnˈeɪbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
2.
to make possible
3.
to put (a digital electronic circuit element) into an operative condition by supplying a suitable input pulse
Derived Forms
enablement, noun
enabler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enabled

enable

v.

early 15c., "to make fit;" mid-15c., "to make able to," from en- (1) "make, put in" + able. Related: Enabled; enabling.

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