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enable

[ en-ey-buhl ]
/ ɛnˈeɪ bəl /
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verb (used with object), en·a·bled, en·a·bling.

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.

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RELATED WORDS

empower, facilitate, implement, permit, license, prepare, fit, invest, warrant, commission, qualify, let, approve, sanction, ready, endow, condition, accredit, capacitate

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en règle, en soleil, en suite, en tire-bouchon, en-, enable, enabler, enabling, enabling act, enact, enactive

Origin of enable

Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at en-1, able
SYNONYMS FOR enable
Related formsen·a·bler, nounpre·en·a·ble, verb (used with object), pre·en·a·bled, pre·en·a·bling.
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British Dictionary definitions for enable

enable

/ (ɪnˈeɪbəl) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsenablement, nounenabler, noun
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 enable

enable


v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper