- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. empower, qualify, allow, permit.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for enabler
“Centre County was an enabler to him,” Long wrote in an email to The Daily Beast.Did Jerry Sandusky Molest His Son Matt?
June 22, 2012
“In many ways I think she functioned as an enabler for the regime,” he says.Asma-al-Assad Comes Out in Support of Syria’s Brutal Regime
February 8, 2012
He was incredibly dedicated to John, extremely loyal, probably spoiled him a little too much, maybe an enabler in some ways.The Mystery Man of the Edwards Affair
May 20, 2009
So when Sadow called Brown an “enabler”—likely meaning that Brown benefitted from the case—he was partly right.Anna Nicole Smith and the Would-be Governor
May 13, 2009
Then you go home and your wife Susan calls you an “enabler.”Two Bushes, Two Wars
May 5, 2009
But they are mine because they are his, and he is the demander and enabler of love.Weighed and Wanting
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for enabler
1610s, agent noun from enable.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper