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Definition of the verb enable

What does enable mean as a doing word?

Enable is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: enabled | enabling | enables

  1. render capable or able for some task
    • examples: This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street | The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: disable
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb enable


  1. To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
  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.
  3. To allow a way out or excuse for an action.


Enable is a software.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Enable

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Google previewAn English Grammar, in Familiar Conversations, Inductive and Progressive (1875)

Uniting and Harmonizing Theory and Practice, and Adapted to Oral Teaching

Enable is a regular transitive verb, in the active voice, indicative mood and present tense, plural number and third person ; agreeing with that — Rule 8. You is a personal pronoun, in the masculine gender, plural' number, second person, and ...

Google previewAngularJS by Example (2015)

by Chandermani

The first animation we are going to enable is the ng-view transition, sliding in from the right. Adding this animation is all about adding the appropriate CSS in our app. css file. Open it and add: div[ng-view] { position: absolute; width: 100%; ...

Google previewPattern-Directed Inference Systems (2014)

by D. A. Waterman, Frederick Hayes-Roth

ENABLE is an arc that can connect any two predicates — actions or states — providing the first predicate precedes the second in time, and is a necessary or sufficient condition for the second. Thus, (MARGIE LOC BALLOON) is a necessary ...

Google previewThe Army lawyer

Enable is the integrated software package of choice for the Air Force JAGC, the Internal Revenue Service, Dow Corning, and others. The IBM-compatible PC has become the de facto standard for the computerin- dustry. Computers many of you ...

Google previewMetaethics After Moore (2006)

by Terry Horgan, Mark Timmons

does enable is the move from (1) to (5).

Google previewValidating Strategies (2016)

Linking Projects and Results to Uses and Benefits by Phil Driver

Enable is a particularly well- meaning, ...

Google previewMicrosoft Windows 7 In Depth (2009)

by Robert Cowart, Brian Knittel

If the device is enabled, the button is called Enable Device, and so forth. Click an arrow to expand a category. Figure 22.7 The Windows Management and Maintenance ...

Google previewLPIC-2 Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide (2011)

Exams 201 and 202 by Roderick W. Smith

Thus, enable is a service name, albeit a confusing one, and disable is a command to disable the service. This command is applied to runlevels 2 and 3. Option D describes this effect, and the remaining options do not. 13. C. Source code that's ...

Google previewBlack's Student Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Harvey Marcovitch

ENABLE (Scottish Society for ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Quotations in Cognitive Science (2000)

A Treasury of Quotations in Psychology, Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence by Morton Wagman

is sometimes defined as the study of how to build and/or program computers to enable them to do the sorts of things that minds can do. Some of these things are commonly regarded as requiring intelligence: offering a ...

Google previewClimate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History [4 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of Science and History by Brian C. Black, David M. Hassenzahl Ph.D., Jennie C. Stephens, Gary Weisel, Nancy Gift

grid promises the ability to overcome these technological challenges by enabling advanced sensing, communications, and control technology in order to increase energy efficiency, enable real-time two-way communication and power flows, ...

Google previewThe Prophet's Dictionary (2006)

by Paula A. Price Ph.D.

They believe that certain poses, positions, and postures along with specified hand gestures and verbal sounds enable ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of South Dakota Indians (2001)

by Donald Ricky

Should the proceeds of the surplus lands aforesaid prove insuflicient to carry out, the purposes and stipulations of this agreement, and further aid be, from time to time, requisite to enable the Sacs and Foxes of the Mississippi to sustain ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

As with all medicines, pharmacists must have sufficient knowledge of the product to enable them to make an informed decision when requests are made. • Pharmacists must deal with the request personally and decide whether to supply the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Digital Government (2006)

by Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

Some benefits were expected to be realized in • Cost-effective investment In addition, the services purchased should enable the TAC to accomplish the following: • Maintain control of the transaction at all times • At all times have at least one ...

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Quotes about Enable

An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint. (Ben Shahn)
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Scrabble value of E1N1A1B3L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ENABLE

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