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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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 The body makes extensive use of high-strength steel for a light yet robust and stiff platform, and therefore a smooth ride, agile handling, and a quiet cabin. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 When France’s defense was breached, the agile Lloris was on hand to make decisive saves — just like against Uruguay. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title," 10 July 2018 These firms have helped show that transforming groups into agile companies is possible. The Economist, "The fashion for agile management is spreading," 5 July 2018 On multiple occasions, Gildon used his agile skating to evade pressure in the neutral zone. Matthew Defranks,, "Panthers prospect Max Gildon impresses with smooth skating, big frame," 29 June 2018 The group also includes bassist Mike Harmon, an agile player who works in mainstream jazz circles and as well as holding down the low end for folk-pop singer V.V. Lightbody. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Bison Bison illustrate the deep, endless vitality of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music community," 29 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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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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