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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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 For the chassis, that means highly stiffened joints between structures and optimized cross sections for better stability, comfort, and agility (to the degree that a seven-passenger SUV can be agile). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 Micro-drones are nifty little things: small, fast, and agile. James Vincent, The Verge, "Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight," 24 Oct. 2018 Bonus points for the four-way stretch material that makes the pants as comfy as sweats and agile enough for lunch climbs at the gym. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Men’s Rain Gear That Actually Looks Good," 10 Apr. 2018 The slack head tube and short wheelbase combine stability with agile turning, and the large brake discs and hydraulic calipers make scrubbing all that speed a breeze. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "You're Going to Want the Cake Kalk E-Dirt Bike," 25 June 2018 Omari Spellman: Spellman slimmed down during his redshirt season at Villanova, and emerged as a prototypical pick and pop 4, a player agile enough in the half court who can space a defense for either drives to the rim or three-point attempts. 44. Matthew Giles, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the top 50 prospects in the 2018 NBA draft," 19 June 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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