Able - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeɪbl|  American pronunciation of the word able
Brit.  |ˈeɪbəl|  British pronunciation of the word able

adjective

- have the skills and qualifications to do things well(syn: capable)

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

- 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

- having a strong healthy body(syn: able-bodied)

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

Examples

He will buy a new car as soon as he is able.

He turned out to be an able editor.

She is one of the ablest lawyers in the firm.

I had never really been able to believe that someone might want to kill me.

Robinson was an able engineer and administrator.

Mike was by no means so able a boxer as his opponent.

one of my more able students

children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable

human beings are able to walk on two feet

Superman is able to leap tall buildings

every able-bodied young man served in the army

Word forms

adjective
comparative: abler
superlative: ablest
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