(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

- able to swim

- she was able to program her computer

- we were at last able to buy a car

2. have the skills and qualifications to do things well

- able teachers

- a capable administrator

- children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable

Similar word(s): competent, capable

3. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity

- able to learn

- human beings are able to walk on two feet

- Superman is able to leap tall buildings

Similar word(s): capable

4. having a strong healthy body

- every able-bodied young man served in the army

Similar word(s): fit

Sentences with able as an adjective:

- I’ll see you as soon as I’m able.

- With that obstacle removed, I am now able to proceed with my plan.

- I’m only able to visit you when I have other work here.

- That cliff is able to be climbed.

- After the past week of forced marches, only half the men are fully able.

- He was born to an able family.

- The chairman was also an able sailor.

- He is able to practice law in six states.


1. A word that is used in place of the letter "A" during communication.


1. (transitive, obsolete) To make ready. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 16th century.]

2. (transitive, obsolete) To make capable; to enable. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 19th century.]

3. (transitive, obsolete) To dress. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.]

4. (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.]

5. (transitive, obsolete) To vouch for; to guarantee. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.]