ag·​ile | \ˈa-jəl, -ˌjī(-ə)l \

Definition of agile 

1 : marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace an agile dancer

2 : having a quick resourceful and adaptable character an agile mind

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Other Words from agile

agilely \-​jə(l)-​lē, -​ˌjī(l)-​lē \ adverb

Examples of agile in a Sentence

Leopards are very fast and agile. the expressive movements of agile dancers

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WhatsApp — best friend, sociable, fun, brings people together, straightforward, honest, reliable, faithful, discrete, nimble, agile, dynamic, current. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 And when granted permission, Stem assumes full control of Grey’s body and turns him into an invincible, hyper-agile assassin, allowing him to personally settle the score with the men who ruined his life. Justin Chang,, "'Upgrade' is a sleek, strikingly designed A.I. vigilante thriller," 31 May 2018 Maddox is a small (5-foot-9, 184 pounds) and agile (4.39 40-yard dash time) cornerback who could possible fill the hole left by Patrick Robinson at the nickel corner spot. Ej Smith,, "Eagles draft analysis: What they're saying about Avonte Maddox and Josh Sweat," 28 Apr. 2018 Singing the role of her true suitor, Meleagro, Amy Freston’s slender soprano was agile, accurate and emotionally expressive. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Atalanta’ Review: A Pastoral Love Story," 23 July 2018 Hexa is an agile, six-legged robot designed by Chinese roboticist Tianqi sun and his company Vincross—plant not included. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Meet the sun-chasing robot with a plant on its back," 13 July 2018 Unfortunately for the crew, the ship was not agile enough to escape the rapidly advancing winter ice. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s Newest Ship Is Trapped in Canada," 22 Jan. 2018 Dexter Lawrence is a 340-pounder who might have been the second-most agile player on his high school team behind current Stanford tailback Bryce Love. Andy Staples,, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 That’s just trying to bring agile practices from industry into government. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Matt Cutts of the U.S. Digital Service on Recode Decode," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of agile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agile

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin agilis, from agere "to drive, be in motion, do, perform" + -ilis -ile entry 1 — more at agent

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English Language Learners Definition of agile

: able to move quickly and easily

: quick, smart, and clever


ag·​ile | \ˈa-jəl \

Kids Definition of agile

1 : able to move quickly and easily an agile athlete

2 : having a quick mind an agile thinker

Other Words from agile

agilely adverb jumped agilely

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