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

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This will create strong, agile and empowered communities, ready for the world of tomorrow. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 So Haldane turned to the animal kingdom to study nature's best jumpers, hoping to select one as a model for a more agile, autonomous machine. Erin Biba, Scientific American, "This Adorable Mammal Inspired a More Agile Robot," 1 May 2017 The species at issue is the agile wallaby, the most common wallaby in northern Australia. Damien Cave,, "Who is killing wallabies in northern Australia?," 26 Aug. 2019 Gabby Douglas’ dog is following in her agile foot steps. Kelli Bender,, "Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas Gets Back on the Beam for Obstacle Course Challenge with Her Dog," 23 Aug. 2019 Not as big, not as agile maybe, but really, really, really tough. Colin Barnard, The Denver Post, "Graduate transfers settling into roles throughout CSU football’s defense," 20 Aug. 2019 The Rafale is an agile jet, with a delta wing and large canards to enhance maneuverability. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet Demands Your Attention," 20 Aug. 2019 The monkey was small and agile and took the money and dropped it in a cigar box. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering Eddie Bernstein, the legless beggar with the monkey named Gypsy," 17 Aug. 2019 Mayfield, Cleveland’s rising star, is mobile, agile in the pocket, decisive and accurate, the kind of quarterback that’s all over the Indianapolis schedule this season. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts-Browns observations: Baker Mayfield provides excellent test for defense," 14 Aug. 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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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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