agile

adjective ag·ile \ ˈa-jəl , -ˌjī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

agilely

play \-jə(l)-lē, -ˌjī(l)-lē\ adverb

Examples of agile in a Sentence

  1. Leopards are very fast and agile.

  2. the expressive movements of agile dancers

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Origin and Etymology of agile

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin agilis, from agere "to drive, be in motion, do, perform" + -ilis 1-ile — more at agent


AGILE Defined for English Language Learners

agile

adjective

Definition of agile for English Language Learners

  • : able to move quickly and easily

  • : quick, smart, and clever


AGILE Defined for Kids

agile

adjective ag·ile \ ˈa-jəl \

Definition of agile for Students

1 :able to move quickly and easily
  • an agile athlete
2 :having a quick mind
  • an agile thinker

agilely

adverb
  • jumped agilely


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