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 \ 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 As a smaller and more agile business, speed is your friend. Sarah Bird, Forbes, "How Small Businesses Can Use SEO," 13 May 2021 With an agile approach, and clearly delineated lines, the orchestra offered a compelling account. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Stylish Mozart from Fabio Luisi, Erin Hannigan and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra," 29 Apr. 2021 But some protesters have advocated stronger, more agile methods of self-defense — such as holding small rallies that are quick to disband and reunite, and devising cover from fire extinguishers and billowing laundry. NBC News, "Myanmar military imposes martial law in Yangon as crackdown deepens," 15 Mar. 2021 But some protesters have advocated stronger, more agile methods of self-defense — such as holding small rallies that are quick to disband and reunite, and devising cover from fire extinguishers and billowing laundry. Fox News, "Martial law imposed in parts of Burma city as deaths rise," 15 Mar. 2021 As the industry continues to shift under the pressures of the COVID pandemic, budgets are shrinking and retail and media networks are somewhat less agile than previously. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Grants to 10 Independent Designers," 27 Apr. 2021 Retail will never be in a pre-pandemic state again as this unprecedented time in history has emphasized the need to be customer-centric, agile and experimental. Syama Meagher, Forbes, "How Will Businesses Thrive In A Post-COVID World?," 6 Apr. 2021 Creators have to be more agile and flexible than ever before to respond to ever-changing need states. Michael Klein, Rolling Stone, "Media Disruption Brings Newer Opportunities to Connect with Consumers in 2021," 23 Mar. 2021 In addition to being physical, agile and high energy, Sanogo has surprising craftiness around the basket, spin moves, jump hooks and a great touch. Dom Amore, courant.com, "From the start, Adama Sanogo was a special find for UConn men and other takeaways from the Seton Hall win," 4 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agile. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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