Definition of able
- able to solve a problem
- hopes to be able to visit soon
- a car able to hold five people
- a shoe able to be repaired
ablyplay \ˈā-b(ə-)lē\ adverb
- a task performed ably
He will buy a new car as soon as he is able.
He turned out to be an able editor.
She is one of the ablest lawyers in the firm.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
on the ball;
: fit for or worthy of being
: likely to or capable of
: having a certain quality
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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