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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Pronunciation

Etymology

en- + able

Verb

Infinitive
to enable

Third person singular
enabl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to enable (third-person singular simple present enabl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (obsolete) To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
    Who hath enabled me. 1 Tim. i. 12.
  2. 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.
  3. To allow a way out or excuse for an action
    His parents enabled him to continue buying drugs.

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