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Definition of the adjective able

What does able mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more able / abler | most able / ablest

  1. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
    • examples: able to swim | she was able to program her computer | we were at last able to buy a car | able to get a grant for the project
    • antonym: unable
    • attributes:
      • ability = the quality of being able to perform
      • ability / power = possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  2. have the skills and qualifications to do things well
  3. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
    • examples: able to learn | human beings are able to walk on two feet | Superman is able to leap tall buildings
    • similar: capable
  4. having a strong healthy body
    • examples: an able seaman | every able-bodied young man served in the army
    • synonym of able: able-bodied
    • similar: fit

Alternative definition of the adjective able


  1. [dated] Healthy.
  2. Permitted to; not prevented from; having the power or capacity to.
  3. See Skillful.
  4. [legal] Legally qualified or competent.

Definition of the noun able

What does able mean as a name of something?

Specialised definition of the noun able

Glossary of sports

physically or mentally equipped to do something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

having the necessary resources or talent to do something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb able

What does able mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive, obsolete] To make capable; to enable; to strengthen.
  2. [transitive, obsolete] To vouch for.


  1. The Able was a small French cyclecar made in Avignon by Paul Toulouse, built between 1920 and 1927.
  2. Able a.k.a. Able Electropolishing is the world’s largest electropolishing specialist, offering validated electropolishing, passivation, titanium anodizing, titanium finishing, deburring, ultracleaning, and laser marking services. Able is ISO 9001 and 13485 registered, and has been serving the medical industry since 1954. Able is capable of electropolishing nearly any alloy including all stainless steels, titanium, nitinol, aluminum, brass and copper.
  3. The Able was an American car produced in Mount Vernon, New York between 1917 and 1919. It was a small production car, featuring its own engines, though other components were proprietary. In 1920 the car became the Vernon.


  1. Able is a fictional character from the television series Tron: Uprising.
  2. Able is a fictional film character.


  1. ABLE is a simplified programming language targeted at accounting applications.
  2. Able is an educational institution, school.
  3. Able is a school, educational institution.
  4. Able is an event, disaster.
  5. Able a.k.a. -able is an adjective suffix, now usually in a passive sense; forms adjectives meaning possible, or fit.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Able

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Google previewThe Handbook of Blended Learning (2006)

Global Perspectives, Local Designs by Curtis J. Bonk, Charles R. Graham

Being able means having an organization that actively supports the ...

Google previewThe Works of Voltaire: A philosophical dictionary (1901)

by Voltaire, Tobias Smollett, John Morley, William F. Fleming, Oliver Herbrand Gordon Leigh

ABLE— ABILITY. Able. — An adjective term, which, like almost all others, has different acceptations as it is differently employed. In general it signifies more than capable, more than well-informed, whether applied to an artist, a general, a man ...

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Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised. (Ann Landers)
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Scrabble value of A1B3L1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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