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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

Full Definition of disable

dis·ableddis·abling 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

dis·able·ment play \-bəl-mənt\ noun

Examples of disable

  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>.

Medical Dictionary

disable

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

Medical Definition of disable

dis·ableddis·abling \-b(ə-)liŋ\play

  1. :  to deprive of a mental or physical capacity






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