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disable

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verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl, diz-ˈā-\

Simple Definition of disable

  • : to cause (something) to be unable to work in the normal way

  • : to make (someone) unable to do something (such as use part of the body) in the usual way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disable

disabled

disabling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity

  3. 2 :  to make incapable or ineffective; especially :  to deprive of physical, moral, or intellectual strength

disablement

play \-bəl-mənt\ noun

Examples of disable in a sentence

  1. <a promising athlete who was severely disabled in a plane crash>

  2. <disabled the controls for unauthorized users>



15th Century

First Known Use of disable

15th century

Synonym Discussion of disable

weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power <a disease that weakens the body's defenses> . enfeeble implies an obvious and pitiable condition of weakness and helplessness <enfeebled by starvation>. debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality <the debilitating effects of surgery>. undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously <a poor diet undermines your health> <drugs had sapped his ability to think>. cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element <crippled by arthritis>. disable suggests a usually sudden crippling or enfeebling <disabled soldiers received an immediate discharge>.


DISABLE Defined for Kids

disable

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verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl\

Definition of disable for Students

disabled

disabling

  1. :  to make unable or incapable <He disabled the computer system.>




Medical Dictionary

disable

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transitive verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl, diz-\

Medical Definition of disable

disabled

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disabling

\-b(ə-)liŋ\play
  1. :  to deprive of a mental or physical capacity




Law Dictionary

disable

transitive verb dis·able

Legal Definition of disable

disabled

disabling

  1. 1 :  to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity

  2. 2 :  to make incapable or ineffective; specifically :  to cause to have a disability

disablement

noun




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