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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Krieg said the look was deliberate, aimed at imparting an impression that the XT4 is light and agile. Frank A. Aukofer, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Cadillac XT4 is the puppy Escalade," 9 Aug. 2019 Dye is a more nimble and agile runner and also has greater top end speed. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Ducks fall camp position breakdown: Running backs," 26 July 2019 Unlike other grasshopper species which are winged and agile, the lubber can't fly. Adriana Brasileiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 Throughout your career, remember to be proactive, agile, and in a constant state of learning. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "How to Climb the Corporate Ladder—No Matter Your Company," 1 July 2019 Panasiuk and his brother ran a stunt, with Jacub showing agile footwork to shift behind Mike to an open lane in the interior of the line. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football needs Jacub Panasiuk to become force opposite Kenny Willekes," 11 July 2019 The latest confirmation on the critical role of managers and the expansion of projectization also coincide with the growth of a diverse, highly skilled agile workforce of independent executives and specialists. Jody Greenstone Miller, Quartz at Work, "Hire the manager, access the skills," 10 July 2019 In December, Walgreens announced its plans to cut more than $1 billion from its annual costs over the next three years in order to stay agile in an increasingly competitive retail space. Fortune, "Walgreens Boots Alliance," 1 July 2019 Dragonfly takes after its namesake—an agile flying insect that can soar, hover and perform pinpoint touchdowns. Shannon Stirone, Scientific American, "New NASA Mission Will Fly Titan’s Frigid Skies to Search for Life’s Beginnings," 27 June 2019

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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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