ag·​ile | \ ˈa-jəl How to pronounce agile (audio) , -ˌjī(-ə)l How to pronounce agile (audio) \

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

Other Words from agile

agilely \ ˈa-​jə(l)-​lē How to pronounce agile (audio) , -​ˌjī(-​ə)(l)-​lē \ adverb

Examples of agile in a Sentence

Leopards are very fast and agile. the expressive movements of agile dancers
Recent Examples on the Web The speed of innovation in the metaverse means that regulations will always be behind, however agile and collaborative regulators become. Martin Boyd, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 This development was in line with the Air Force’s stated vision of becoming more agile and responsive against future threats, not only in how planes are deployed, but in how software is deployed on planes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Apr. 2022 Some outside observers said BuzzFeed’s cuts illustrate the challenges of finding a new journalism business model in the digital era — even for the agile and aggressive start-ups that once seemed poised to chart a new path for the entire industry. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Full-bodied yet agile and fresh with a fine tannin structure that runs the length of the wine and goes on forever. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2022 Adlon proved herself as both an agile and inherently empathetic performer but also a genuinely interesting director, prying beauty and enigma out of the small moments of family life. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 23 Feb. 2022 These operations were made possible by key changes in strategy, policy, and legislation in 2018 that provided for more agile and responsive coordination and approval processes to confront emerging threats. Vince Stewart, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2021 Now whether a company decides to continue with legacy infrastructure or take a page out from last year and make their digital transformation future proof for unforeseen situations, agile and secure will define their existence in the coming years. Song Toh, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 Matthews has been working with former Marquette women's basketball star turned personal trainer Erin Monfre to stay agile. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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ag·​ile | \ ˈa-jəl How to pronounce agile (audio) \

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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