HyperDic: able

English > 4 senses of the word able:
ADJECTIVEallable(usually followed by 'to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
allable, capablehave the skills and qualifications to do things well
allablehaving inherent physical or mental ... / mental ability or capacity
allable, able-bodiedhaving a strong healthy body
able > pronunciation
Soundsey'bahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > able: 4 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(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"
Attribute ofabilityThe quality of being able to perform
ability, powerpossession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
Oppositeunable(usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how
Spanishapto, capaz, competente
Catalanapte, capaç, competent
Nounsabilitythe quality of being able to perform
abilitypossession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
English > able: 4 senses > adjective 2
MeaningHave the skills and qualifications to do things well.
Examples
  • "able teachers"
  • "a capable administrator"
  • "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
Synonymcapable
Broadercompetentproperly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
Spanishcapaz
Catalancapaç
Nounsabilitythe quality of being able to perform
abilitypossession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
Adverbsablywith competence
English > able: 4 senses > adjective 3
MeaningHaving inherent physical or mental ... / mental ability or capacity.
Examples
  • "able to learn"
  • "human beings are able to walk on two feet"
  • "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
Broadercapable(usually followed by 'of') having capacity or ability
Spanishcapaz
Catalancapaç
Nounsabilitythe quality of being able to perform
abilitypossession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
English > able: 4 senses > adjective 4
MeaningHaving a strong healthy body.
Examples
  • "an able seaman"
  • "every able-bodied young man served in the army"
Synonymable-bodied
Broaderfitphysically and mentally sound or healthy
Spanishcapaz, hábil
Catalanrobust

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