disable

[ dis-ey-buhl ]
/ dɪsˈeɪ bəl /

verb (used with object), dis·a·bled, dis·a·bling.

to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident.
to make legally incapable; disqualify.

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Origin of disable

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + able

OTHER WORDS FROM disable

dis·a·ble·ment, noundis·a·bler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for disable

disable
/ (dɪsˈeɪbəl) /

verb (tr)

to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
to make or pronounce legally incapable
to switch off (an electronic device)

Derived forms of disable

disablement, noun
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