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 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 As the industry continues to shift under the pressures of the COVID pandemic, budgets are shrinking and retail and media networks are somewhat less agile than previously. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Grants to 10 Independent Designers," 27 Apr. 2021 Retail will never be in a pre-pandemic state again as this unprecedented time in history has emphasized the need to be customer-centric, agile and experimental. Syama Meagher, Forbes, "How Will Businesses Thrive In A Post-COVID World?," 6 Apr. 2021 Creators have to be more agile and flexible than ever before to respond to ever-changing need states. Michael Klein, Rolling Stone, "Media Disruption Brings Newer Opportunities to Connect with Consumers in 2021," 23 Mar. 2021 In addition to being physical, agile and high energy, Sanogo has surprising craftiness around the basket, spin moves, jump hooks and a great touch. Dom Amore,, "From the start, Adama Sanogo was a special find for UConn men and other takeaways from the Seton Hall win," 4 Mar. 2021 From behind the wheel, the heavier and larger GTI feels less agile than the Si. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2006 Honda Civic Si vs. Volkswagen GTI," 18 Nov. 2020 The creature was probably more agile in the trees than Au. Brian Switek, Scientific American, "Ancient Human Had Feet Like an Ape," 29 Mar. 2012 Mayfield is agile, quick out of his stance as a run blocker and can be a force in the screen game. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield Would Give The Green Bay Packers Plenty Of Offensive Line Options," 11 Apr. 2021 The cheetahs were also able to slow down rapidly, absorbing energy at a rate up to three times greater than that known for the best-performing polo horses — animals that are bred to be agile. Matt Kaplan, Scientific American, "Speed Test Devised for Wild Cheetahs," 13 June 2013

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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 14 May. 2021.

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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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