(transitive, obsolete) To make ready. (transitive, obsolete) To make capable; to enable. (transitive, obsolete) To dress. (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. (transitive, obsolete) To vouch for; to guarantee.
1.having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified, able to lift a two-hundred-pound weight; able to write music; able to travel widely; able to vote.
2.having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc., an able leader.
3.showing talent, skill, or knowledge, an able speech.
4.legally empowered, qualified, or authorized.
5.(usually initial capital letter) a code word formerly used in communications to represent the letter A.
1.a suffix meaning “capable of, susceptible of, fit for, tending to, given to,” associated in meaning with the word able,occurring in loanwords from Latin (laudable); used in English as a highly productive suffix to form adjectives by addition to stems of any origin (teachable; photographable).
1. (postpositive) having the necessary power, resources, skill, time, opportunity, etc, to do something, able to swim
2. capable; competent; talented, an able teacher
3. (law) qualified, competent, or authorized to do some specific act Word OriginC14, ultimately from Latin habilis easy to hold, manageable, apt, from habēre to have, hold + -ilis-ile -able suffix
1. capable of, suitable for, or deserving of (being acted upon as indicated), enjoyable, pitiable, readable, separable, washable
2. inclined to; given to; able to; causing, comfortable, reasonable, variable Derived Forms-ably, suffix,forming_adverbs-ability, suffix,forming_nouns Word Originvia Old French from Latin -ābilis,-ībilis, forms of -bilis, adjectival suffixCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., from Old French (h)able (14c.), from Latin habilem, habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adjective from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives acquired it (e.g. habiliment, habilitate), via French.Able-whackets - A popular sea-game with cards, in which the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors. [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]
word-forming element expressing ability, capacity, fitness, from French, from Latin -ibilis, -abilis, forming adjectives from verbs, from PIE *-tro-, a suffix used to form nouns of instrument.In Latin, infinitives in -are took -abilis, others -ibilis; in English, -able tends to be used with native (and other non-Latin) words, -ible with words of obvious Latin origin (but there are exceptions). The Latin suffix is not etymologically connected with able, but it long has been popularly associated with it, and this has contributed to its survival as a living suffix. It is related to the second syllable of rudder and saddle.
Come to think of it, she might be able to claim it wasn't hers this time.
His father was never able to get custody of him as a child.
Would she ever be able to watch a normal family scene without feeling the agony of her loss?
It's good to be able to listen.
If the driver was hurt, she might be able to help.
Timing was with her and she was able to take all the state exams shortly after graduating.
It must be fun to be able to ride all around freely while we're stuck in our wagons.
Between the two of us we ought to be able to carry them down to that room.
She turned to go back to the house and realized she wouldn't be able to make it before the storm caught up with her.
We mutually agreed the subject of our tests was verboten until we were able to get together again in three weeks hence.
The accuracy he'd developed early on was the best he was able to attain in spite of all his efforts.
"If you are able to prove that you are better," said the Prince to the little man, "I will make you the Chief Wizard of this domain.
"But how would it help us to be able to fly?" questioned the girl.
She boiled it, and boiled it, As long as she was able; Then Mrs. Finney took it, And put it on the table.
The coachman explained as well as he was able; and they rode onward.
Prior to 1600, government legislation relating to the poor was primarily concerned with keeping the able-bodied employed and punishing unemployment.
They need to be able to irrigate without relying solely on rain.
The shade was grateful, and the tree was so easy to climb that with my teacher's assistance I was able to scramble to a seat in the branches.
They told stories of their wonderful feats with fowl, fish and quadruped--how many wild ducks and turkeys they had shot, what "savage trout" they had caught, and how they had bagged the craftiest foxes, outwitted the most clever 'possums and overtaken the fleetest deer, until I thought that surely the lion, the tiger, the bear and the rest of the wild tribe would not be able to stand before these wily hunters.
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.
In lathing I was pleased to be able to send home each nail with a single blow of the hammer, and it was my ambition to transfer the plaster from the board to the wall neatly and rapidly.
Now and then they glanced at one another, hardly able to suppress their laughter.
During the first period of his service, hard as he tried and much as he reproached himself with cowardice, he had not been able to do this, but with time it had come of itself.
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