agil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈji-lə-tē How to pronounce agility (audio) \
plural agilities

Definition of agility

: the quality or state of being agile : nimbleness, dexterity played with increasing agility

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Examples of agility in a Sentence

a gymnast whose agility on the parallel bars has won him several medals
Recent Examples on the Web At Arizona State, Sewell again showed off his agility and tenacity by blocking two defenders. oregonlive, "How good is Penei Sewell, really? 3 former Oregon Ducks offensive linemen and an NFL scout examine his potential greatness," 13 Oct. 2020 NewCo will have greater agility to design, run and modernize the infrastructure of the world's most important organizations. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "IBM spins off a quarter of the company to focus on the cloud," 8 Oct. 2020 His strengths include his agility and puck-carrying at his size while there are concerns about his strength and ability to finish plays on offense. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Watch highlights of Detroit Red Wings 2020 NHL draft picks," 7 Oct. 2020 Some of the cats' elusiveness is attributable to their agility at high altitudes and tolerance for harsh conditions. Maggie Shipstead, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spotting Snow Leopards in the Himalayas," 5 Oct. 2020 If there is someone who can match up or keep up with the size, speed, agility, receiving ability and physicality of the 6-foot-6, 246-pound Pitts, his teammates would like to see it. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators TE Kyle Pitts ramped up work during shutdown to become unstoppable," 1 Oct. 2020 The workout below incorporates exercises that improve balance and drills that build speed and agility. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Balance and Speed Drills From an NHL Strength Guru," 19 Sep. 2020 The Grind program caters to the high school or college athletes looking to improve their strength, conditioning, speed and agility. Aegis Staff Report,, "The Arena Club in Bel Air launches new and improved sports performance academy," 9 Sep. 2020 Harris, a Swiss army knife at Southern Miss who played running back and receiver, faces a steep climb, but the speed and agility is impressive. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Darius Leonard leading defense, getting his hands in the passing lanes," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of agility

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agility

Middle English agilite, borrowed from Anglo-French agilitee, borrowed from Latin agilitāt-, agilitās, from agilis agile + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Agility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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agil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈji-lə-tē How to pronounce agility (audio) \

Kids Definition of agility

: the ability to move quickly and easily She moved with great agility for such an old woman.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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