Definitions of able

  1. having a strong healthy body; " an able seaman"; " every able- bodied young man served in the army"
  2. ( usually followed by ` to') having the necessary means or skill or know- how or authority to do something; " able to swim"; " she was able to program her computer"; " we were at last able to buy a car"; " able to get a grant for the project"
  3. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; " able to learn"; " human beings are able to walk on two feet"; " Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
  4. Fit; adapted; suitable.
  5. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.
  6. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech.
  7. Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.
  8. To make able; to enable; to strengthen.
  9. To vouch for.
  10. Possessed of power, fitness, or means; competent; as, he is an able lawyer; active, strong.
  11. Ably.
  12. Having sufficient strength, power, or means to do a thing: skillful.
  13. Strong; skilful; capable.
  14. Having adequate power; competent; capable.
  15. Given to; tending to; like to; fit to; worthy of; capable of; able to; as, changeable, honorable, thinkable.
  16. Having power, bodily or mental, to do a thing; superior intellectual qualifications: competent wealth or means; sufficient knowledge or skill; the requisite qualifications or legal power.

Usage examples for able

  1. Never, never would he be able to stand the fellow! – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  2. I don't seem to be able to give my heart to my work. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  3. " I am afraid that Mr. Ravenor will not be able to see you, sir," he said. – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. I should then be able to say that never had I been so happy. – Queens of the French Stage by H. Noel Williams
  5. He is not able to go. – A Daughter of the Union by Lucy Foster Madison
  6. Perhaps we shall now be able to get a house first. – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
  7. It was possible, too, that she might be able to help him on, as he had said. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. Had there been any one near the boy must have been able to see them. – The Boy Aviators in Africa by Captain Wilbur Lawton
  9. I may be able to give some help." – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  10. And when they do will he be able to see? – Tom Swift among the Fire Fighters or, Battling with Flames from the Air by Victor Appleton
  11. " I never have been able to find his home," continued Peter. – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  12. Dr. Ransford is very well able to take care of himself, I think. – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  13. " Whatever he is able to make himself. – Home Again by George MacDonald
  14. We may even be able to find out something more. – Lessons on Soil by E. J. Russell
  15. Would he be able to? – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  16. I have no home, no friends, and am not able to work. – One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed by C. A. Bogardus
  17. Only one man has ever been able to say it. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  18. We will be able to see some of it too, won't we, Mr Glanton? – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  19. Don't you think he might be able to do something? – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  20. In fact he never was able. – Correspondence & Conversations of Alexis de Tocqueville with Nassau William Senior from 1834 to 1859, Vol. 2 by Alexis de Tocqueville