Meaning of ABLE in English


adj. (abler, ablest) 1 (often foll. by to + infin.; used esp. in is able, will be able, was able, etc., replacing tenses of can) having the capacity or power (was not able to come). 2 having great ability; clever, skilful. able-bodied fit, healthy. able-bodied rating (or seaman) Naut. one able to perform all duties.

[ ME f. OF hable, able f. L habilis handy f. habere to hold ]

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