capable

adjective
ca·​pa·​ble | \ ˈkā-pə-bəl How to pronounce capable (audio) , in rapid speech ˈkāp-bəl\

Definition of capable

1 : susceptible a remark capable of being misunderstood
2 obsolete : comprehensive
3 : having attributes (such as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment is capable of intense concentration
4 : having traits conducive to or features permitting something this woman is capable of murder by violence— Robert Graves
5 : having legal right to own, enjoy, or perform of my land … to make thee capable— Shakespeare
6 : having or showing general efficiency and ability a capable lawyer a capable performance

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Other Words from capable

capableness \ ˈkā-​pə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce capableness (audio) \ noun
capably \ ˈkā-​pə-​blē How to pronounce capably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of capable in a Sentence

a capable and efficient editor

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The launch will test everything from the engines to the heat shield to make sure the design is capable of everything Elon Musk envisions. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Is Finally Ready to Test Its 'Starship'," 18 Mar. 2019 This astounding knowledge of what a stone is capable of—both chemically, physically, and when coupled with her singular imagination—is what has always set Adriana apart. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to See the Next Jewelry Masterpiece," 14 Mar. 2019 The result is the only love story Rowling’s ever written that’s capable of bearing the weight of a plot on its back, and in some ways the most romantic book she’s written yet. Constance Grady, Vox, "J.K. Rowling’s latest Robert Galbraith novel is addictive, murderous fun," 18 Sep. 2018 But Bethea uttered with his next breath that this kind of victory shows what Beach is capable of, too. Tj Cotterill, The Seattle Times, "Rainier Beach holds off Ingraham to win SeaKing District boys championship," 18 Feb. 2019 By using the most precise equipment ever manufactured, including the largest vacuum chamber and most polished mirrors in the world, LIGO astronomers are capable of picking up some of these minuscule vibrations. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Getting $30 Million Upgrade," 15 Feb. 2019 The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Should You See One?," 6 Feb. 2019 Fraxel Lasers like the Fraxel Restore Dual remain workhorses for ravaged skin, but new research is proving that these old tools are capable of new tricks. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 2019 Consisting of three Falcon 9 cores strapped together, the Falcon Heavy is capable of putting more weight into low Earth orbit than any other rocket currently in operation. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of capable

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capable

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French capable, from Late Latin capabilis, irregular from Latin capere to take — more at heave

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capable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of capable

: able to do something : having the qualities or abilities that are needed to do something
: skilled at doing something : able to do something well

capable

adjective
ca·​pa·​ble | \ ˈkā-pə-bəl How to pronounce capable (audio) \

Kids Definition of capable

1 : having the qualities or abilities that are needed to do or accomplish something You are capable of better work.
2 : able to do something well a capable actress

Other Words from capable

capably \ -​blē \ adverb

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