enable

[ en-ey-buhl ]
/ ɛnˈeɪ bəl /

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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Origin of enable

Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at en-1, able

OTHER WORDS FROM enable

en·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 forms of enable

enablement, nounenabler, noun
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