[ aj-uhl, -ahyl ]
/ ˈædʒ əl, -aɪl /
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quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe: an agile leap.
active; lively: an agile person.
marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware: She's 95 and still very agile.
noting or relating to a philosophy of product development and production intended to create and distribute batches of working products in a short period of time with subsequent batches planned in a cyclical schedule of improvement, production, and distribution: agile software programming;agile manufacturing;agile teams.Compare waterfall (def. 3). See also Agile development.


Sometimes Agile . an iterative and collaborative philosophy of rapid product development and production: Agile is being used by more and more companies outside of the tech sector.



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Origin of agile

First recorded in 1570–80; earlier agill, from Middle French agile “nimble” and Latin agilis “easily moved, moving easily,” equivalent to ag- (base of agere “to do, drive”) + -ilis -ile
ag·ile·ly, adverbag·ile·ness, nounun·ag·ile, adjectiveun·ag·ile·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for agile

/ (ˈædʒaɪl) /


quick in movement; nimble
mentally quick or acute
agilely, adverbagility (əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ), noun
C15: from Latin agilis, from agere to do, act
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