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habile

Definition:

have the skills and qualifications to do things well

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Usage:

formal

Comparative:

more habile

Superlative:

most habile

Similar to:

competent

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

able | capable

Etymology:

late Middle English: variant of "able". The spelling change in the 16th and 17th...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

habile | skilful [synonym, sense-specific] | fit [synonym, sense-specific]

[rare] skilful | [obsolete] fit (4 of 247 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

habile | deft [synonym, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (habĀ·ile) | [rare] | deft; skillful. (5 of 49 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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habile [rare] | deft [synonym]

deft; skilful (2 of 46 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

habile | able [synonym] | skillful [synonym]

having general skill; "able", "skillful" (5 of 33 words, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

habile

Generally able or adroit; handy. (5 of 26 words)

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New World Dictionary:

habile [rare] | clever [synonym]

able; skillful; handy; clever (4 of 21 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

habile

skillful; dexterous; adroit. (3 of 8 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/habile

Wiktionary:

habile | handy [synonym]

Generally able or adroit; handy. (5 of 6 words)

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Wikipedia:

Able [disambiguation]

may refer to: In science and technology: Able, a U.S. 1946 nuclear weapon test, part of Operation Crossroads | ABLE (programming language), a simplified programming language | Able space probes, probes in the Pioneer program | Able, one of the first... (38 of 216 words, 20 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

able | abler [comparative] | ablest [superlative] | be able to do something

intelligent or good at doing something | "be able to do something": used for saying that it's possible for someone to do something. Forms such as have ... (26 of 157 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

able [entry 1] | be able to do something | be better able to do something

"be able to do sth ": to have the necessary physical strength, mental power, skill, time, money or opportunity to do something | "be better able to do ... (27 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/able 1

able [entry 2]

clever or good at what you do (7 of 32 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/able 2

Encarta Dictionary:

habile [formal]

able to do something with ease (6 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616023​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

habile

Origin: late Middle English: variant of "able". The spelling change in the 16th and 17th centuries was due to association with French habile and Latin habilis

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/habile

habile [rare]

Origin: late Middle English: variant of "able". The spelling change in the 16th and 17th cents was due to association with French habile and Latin habilis

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/habile

American Heritage Dictionary:

habile

Origin: Middle English habil, from Old French habile, from Latin habilis, from habēre, to handle; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

habile [rare]

Origin: Middle English habil from Old French habile from Latin habilis from base of habere: see "habit"

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Wiktionary:

habile

Origin: Middle English habil, from Old French habile, from Latin habilis ("suitable; apt"), from habeō ("I handle").

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Merriam-Webster:

habile

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English (Scots) habyll, from Middle French habile, from Latin habilis

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Collins Dictionary:

habile

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin habilis, from habēre to have; see able

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

Encarta Dictionary:

habile [formal]

First use: Late 15th century

Origin: French from Latin habilis "able, easy to hold" from habere "have, hold"

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

habile

Audio: British English pronunciation of "habile"

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the Free Dictionary:

habile

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "habile"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "habile" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

habile

Audio: English pronunciation of "habile"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

habile

Audio: North American pronunciation of "habile"

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YourDictionary Audio:

habile

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "habile"

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