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Definition 1: (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where able or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(... are attributes of able) the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

(... are attributes of able) possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

"danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

Definition 2: having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where able or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • able to learn
  • human beings are able to walk on two feet
  • Superman is able to leap tall buildings

(able is similar to ...) (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability

"capable of winning" "capable of hard work" "capable of walking on two feet"

Definition 3: have the skills and qualifications to do things well - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where able or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • able teachers
  • a capable administrator
  • children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable

Synonyms for able in the sense of this definition

(able is similar to ...) properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

"a competent typist"

Definition 4: having a strong healthy body - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where able or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an able seaman
  • every able-bodied young man served in the army

Synonyms for able in the sense of this definition

(able is similar to ...) physically and mentally sound or healthy

"felt relaxed and fit after their holiday" "keeps fit with diet and exercise"

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