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enable

Definition:

to render capable or able for some task

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Past tense:

enabled

Present participle:

enabling

3rd-person singular present:

enables

Type of:

change

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

endow | equip

Usage examples:

  • The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain
  • This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street

Etymology:

"to make fit"; mid-15th century, "to make able to", from "en-" (1) "make, put ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

enable | enablement [noun, derived]

to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something) | to make possible | to put (a digital electronic circuit ... (22 of 505 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/enable

Wikipedia:

Enabling

a term with a double meaning. As a positive term, it references patterns of interaction which allow individuals to develop and grow. These may be on any scale, for example within the family, or in wider society as "Enabling acts" designed to empower... (43 of 430 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Enabling

Merriam-Webster:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | allow [synonym, sense-specific] | empower [synonym, sense-specific] | let [synonym, sense-specific] | permit [synonym, sense-specific] | prevent [antonym, sense-specific] | fit [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to provide with the means or opportunity ; to make possible, practical, or easy ; to cause to operate | to give legal power, capacity, or sanction to (27 of 167 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/enable

Oxford Dictionary:

enable | -enabled | activate [synonym, sense-specific] | enablement [derived]

[with infinitive] : give (someone) the authority or means to do something; make it possible for | make (something) possible | [computing] : make (a ... (23 of 129 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/enable

American Heritage Dictionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present] | enabler [noun, related]

To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity; make able | To make feasible or possible | To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to | To ... (24 of 80 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enable

Wiktionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong. | To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow. | To allow a way... (45 of 78 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/enable

New World Dictionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enabler [noun, related]

to make able; provide with means, opportunity, power, or authority ; to authorize, allow, or permit | to make possible or effective; specifically, to ... (23 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enable

Macmillan British Dictionary:

enable [transitive] | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

to give someone the ability or opportunity to do something (10 of 60 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/enable

Random House Dictionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle]

to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize. | to make possible or easy. (16 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/enable

Cambridge Dictionary:

enable

to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible (12 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/enable

Encarta Dictionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present] | enablement [noun, derived] | enabler [noun, derived]

to provide somebody with the resources, authority, or opportunity to do something | to make something possible or feasible | to confer legal power or ... (23 of 91 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608242​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

enable

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "to make fit"; mid-15th century, "to make able to", from "en-" (1) "make, put in" + "able".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=enable

Oxford Dictionary:

enable | -enabled

Origin: late Middle English (formerly also as inable): from "en-1", "in-2", + "able"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/enable

Wiktionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: en- + able

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/enable

en-

Origin: Middle English en- ("en-, in-"). Originally from Old French en- (also an-), from Latin in- ("in, into"); but also from an alteration of Middle English in-, from Old English in- ("in, into"), from... (33 of 72 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/en-

able | abled [past tense] | abling [present participle] | ables [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old Northern French able, variant of Old French abile, habile, from Latin habilis ("easily managed, held, or handled; apt; skillful"), from habeō ("have, hold"). | Middle English ablen, from... (31 of 35 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/able

Audio references

Wiktionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "enable"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/enable

Collins Dictionary:

enable

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "enable"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/enable

Macmillan American Dictionary:

enable [transitive, verb] | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "enable"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/enable

Macmillan British Dictionary:

enable [transitive] | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "enable"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/enable

Cambridge Dictionary:

enable

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "enable"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "enable"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/enable

the Free Dictionary:

enable

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "enable"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "enable"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "enable" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/enable

Google Dictionary:

enable | enabled [past tense] | enabling [present participle] | enables [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "enable"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=enable

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

enable

Audio: North American pronunciation of "enable"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=enable​01 word=enable

YourDictionary Audio:

enable

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "enable" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enable

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