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 \ ˈa-​jə(l)-​lē How to pronounce agilely (audio) , -​ˌjī(-​ə)(l)-​lē \ adverb

Examples of agile in a Sentence

Leopards are very fast and agile. the expressive movements of agile dancers
Recent Examples on the Web Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 This is a time to talk about the importance of being agile dealing with unexpected changes. Matthew J. Mayhew, The Conversation, "5 ways parents can support their college-age children who’ve been forced to return home due to COVID-19," 22 Apr. 2020 Rite Aid Rite Aid was already stuck in an uncomfortable netherworld: not big enough to present a threat to drugstore rivals Walgreens and CVS but not agile or rich enough to reinvent itself. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Can these 10 retailers avoid permanent store closings amid coronavirus pandemic?," 14 Apr. 2020 The agile players of the L.A. Phil handled the rapid changes of style with ease, as did an accomplished group of singers, including Nora Fischer, Madeleine Bradbury Rance, Christopher Purves, and members of the L.A. Master Chorale. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The L.A. Philharmonic Revisits the Weimar Republic," 9 Mar. 2020 This robo-bug can fly for three minutes on battery power and is far more agile than its ancestor. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "In the 1970s, the CIA Created a Robot Dragonfly Spy. Now We Know How It Works.," 18 Feb. 2020 Turn-in is very quick, particularly because our test car had the optional rear axle steering ($2,090) that makes the car more agile at low speed and more stable at higher speeds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Evolution, not revolution, for the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S," 8 Nov. 2019 The school is in regular communication with industry leaders to gear its two-year associate degrees into a more agile workforce in fields such as maritime, automotive, electrical and medical, among others. NBC News, "Houston education program teaches skills for specialized jobs," 18 Sep. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of agile

: able to move quickly and easily
: quick, smart, and clever


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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