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agile

[aj-uhl, -ahyl]
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adjective
  1. quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe: an agile leap.
  2. active; lively: an agile person.
  3. marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware: She's 95 and still very agile.
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Origin of agile

1570–80; earlier agil < Latin agilis, equivalent to ag- (base of agere to do) + -ilis -ile
Related formsag·ile·ly, adverbag·ile·ness, nounun·ag·ile, adjectiveun·ag·ile·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for agile

agile

adjective
  1. quick in movement; nimble
  2. mentally quick or acute
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Derived Formsagilely, adverbagility (əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin agilis, from agere to do, act
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Word Origin and History for agile

adj.

1580s, from Middle French agile (14c.) and directly from Latin agilis "nimble, quick," from agere "to move, drive" (see act (n.)). Related: Agilely.

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