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

Other Words from agile

agilely \ ˈa-​jə(l)-​lē How to pronounce agile (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 The Samoyed is a very dignified dog with an agile and athletic build. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 12 July 2022 In practice, almost all implementations are hybrid involving some agile and some waterfall. Steve Banker, Forbes, 28 June 2022 In essence, while quick and agile, the Zero lost much of its maneuverability at speeds above 200 knots. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Those projections are playing out on the ground, generally in places that had aggressive and agile restrictions early-on and adapted by lifting many protections as vaccinations rose and the omicron variant proved less lethal than other variants. Arkansas Online, 3 July 2022 Those projections are playing out on the ground, generally in places that had aggressive and agile restrictions early-on and adapted by lifting many protections as vaccinations rose and the omicron variant proved less lethal than other variants. Laurie Kellman, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2022 The car is extremely responsive, very agile, and frankly, an absolute joy to drive. Christian De Looper, BGR, 1 July 2022 Their attempts, however, had proved unsuccessful: Turkeys are smart and agile, able to run as fast as 25 miles per hour, and fly pretty well, especially given their weight between 20 and 25 pounds. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Gauff is a quick and agile mover, able to transition from offense and defense on a dime. Liz Clarke, BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Agile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agile. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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