to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to: This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.Students with vision impairments are enabled in the classroom with magnifiers and screen reader software.
to make possible or easy: Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
to encourage or support (the bad or dysfunctional behavior) of (someone): The university enabled years of abuse by ignoring complaints against the coach. You enable drug users when you shield them from the consequences of their actions.
to make (a device, system, or feature) active or functional; turn on: The automatic snapshot feature is enabled by default.
to equip for an extended, peripheral, or premium use: to enable your laptop for wireless internet access.
- en·a·bler, noun
- pre·en·a·ble, verb (used with object), pre·en·a·bled, pre·en·a·bling.
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How to use enable in a sentence
Georgia voters have an opportunity to enable another period of tangible progress.Georgia’s recount revealed no fraud — and just how unfit Loeffler and Perdue really are | Editorial Board | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Remarkably cheap and easy to use, this everyman technology swept across the world and enabled the democratization of genome editing.With CRISPR, humans can create their own evolutionary future | Adrian Woolfson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
That innovation is key to taking renewable energy mainstream, enabling it to be used even after the sun sets or the wind dies down.
It also enables cities to quickly respond to crashes or potholes.E-scooters are getting computer vision to curb pedestrian collisions | Dalvin Brown | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
What digital enables you to do, of course, is not only go after surfers, but go after people who are interested in a premium wax on your surfboard.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 19, 2020 | Freakonomics
Both projects only exist because internet.org enables users to access info via the Internet for free.
“I always say that whisky enables you to take a journey,” Dalgarno says.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Plus, it enables smaller minority groups to share their own story on their own terms with millions of people across the country.
“Technology enables dissent,” the former NSA contractor told the crowd of thousands via video screen, this time sans robot.
Investigators, on the other hand, have no physical evidence that enables them to begin their work.
This practice quickly enables you to turn figures into words, and to translate them back into figures.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
To the animal whose special finger enables him to catch the insect?God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
David Arden's immensely increased wealth enables him to entertain very magnificent plans for this young man.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It enables the hostess to place those whom she is certain will be mutually entertaining, next each other.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The improvement of land by the purchaser under an oral contract is an act which enables him to enforce the contract in equity.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for enable
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
- enablement, noun
- enabler, noun
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