: in an able and skillful manner : with ability, skill, or proficiency
was ably assisted
This silly comic Christmas romp is ably performed by a cast of 22 actors, led by the high-spirited Danny McBride as the childlike Buddy.Matthew Yde
Last year, she ably completed a half-marathon run with only minimal training.Zachary Lewis

Examples of ably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, nearly a decade later, Miles stepped in, ably, to reboot him. Avery Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 Roku's flagship streaming stick product makes the jump into the UHD era with an easy-to-use dongle that ably delivers 4K content from a panoply of services. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 This was the first time the play was produced in San Diego since the Old Globe production in 2011 and — with a fraction of the budget of the Globe — Backyard ably pulled it off. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2023 Then, the camera tracks with Bernstein as the set opens onto the orchestra, in a delirious shot that ably evokes the dizzying nature of his sudden rise to celebrity. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2023 Born in 1821, the West Point graduate, like many of his future comrades in arms, served ably during the war with Mexico and on the Western frontier before resigning his commission in 1861 to join the Confederacy. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 Marshall and Kinnaman are sensational whenever Dani and Ed come into direct conflict, while Schmidt more than ably carries the show’s new Russian section. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Rogers was ably aided on that front by Martínez Yépez, who emerged quietly from stage left and embodied the voice of evil with appropriately chilling intensity. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 Reid, an executive editor at Foreign Affairs, ably traces Lumumba’s rise from fairly humble roots to leading a fledgling country, a journey that took him from being a postal clerk and a beer salesman to a nationalist politician. Stuart A. Reid, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ably was in the 14th century

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“Ably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ably. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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: in an able manner

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