enable

[en-ey-buhl]
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verb (used with object), en·a·bled, en·a·bling.
  1. to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize: This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
  2. to make possible or easy: Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
  3. to make ready; equip (often used in combination): web-enabled cell phones.

Origin of enable

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

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enable

verb (tr)
  1. to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
  2. to make possible
  3. to put (a digital electronic circuit element) into an operative condition by supplying a suitable input pulse
Derived Formsenablement, nounenabler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enable
v.

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

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