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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Rhymes: -eɪbəl
Third person singular
- (obsolete) To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
- Who hath enabled me. 1 Tim. i. 12.
- 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.
- Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor. -Addison.
- To allow a way out or excuse for an action
- His parents enabled him to continue buying drugs.
- “enable” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "enable" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
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