agile

adjective
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

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Other Words from agile

agilely \ -​jə(l)-​lē How to pronounce agilely (audio) , -​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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The Kodak was slim and agile at taking photos on the go. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018 The focus was squarely on Lamar’s potent lyrics and remarkably agile vocals. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kendrick Lamar scores knock-out at post-Pulitzer Prize 'Championship Tour' concert in San Diego," 14 May 2018 Barrett’s wiry strength and agile feet project well defensively on the wing. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "NBA Draft Dispatch: Zion Williamson's Decision, HoopHall Standouts and More," 16 Jan. 2018 The infectious charm of the agile, Bikram-loving Northwood in his Off-White hoodies is as famed in London as his hairstyling and his informative salon podcasts. Vogue, "Meghan Markle's Hairstylist Touches Down in New York City, For One Week Only," 22 Jan. 2019 Orlando typically struggles against defenses like Boston’s — a defense with tall, long-armed, agile players who switch on screens. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Magic stun Boston Celtics 103-95, snap 14-game losing streak in Boston," 21 Jan. 2018 Its radars are designed to be resistant to enemy jamming and reportedly use rapid frequency-hopping and agile beam-steering. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Bad Weather Ruined a Shipment of Russia’s Best Missiles Bound for China," 19 Feb. 2019 But in the 21st century the highest-value manufacturers are lean, agile, networked enterprises that combine brains and machinery to produce goods and services that millions want, need, desire and admire. Michael L. Corbat, WSJ, "America Has a Surplus in Services," 13 Nov. 2018 Here's how to do things properly The contrast with real agile projects is significant. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 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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agile

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of agile

: able to move quickly and easily
: quick, smart, and clever

agile

adjective
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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