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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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 Vader, known in professional wrestling for his red mask and suprisingly agile moves for a big man, had open-heart surgery in March. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former professional wrestling star Vader dead at 63," 20 June 2018 Sekiro is a much more agile game than any of its predecessors. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's grappling hook arm changes Dark Souls-style combat," 12 June 2018 Felker rolls the agile aircraft back to our starting position and then performs a series of maneuvers that the Thunderbirds perform: 4-point roll, 8-point roll, aileron rolls, knife edge, Cuban 8 and so forth. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "Flying high with the Thunderbirds was not what I expected. It was way better.," 2 June 2018 An agile but glowing horn section stole the show in the Scherzo, but the highlight was surely the Funeral March. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra's 'Prometheus Project' gets off to fiery start: review," 11 May 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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