enable

verb
en·​able | \ i-ˈnā-bəl How to pronounce enable (audio) \
enabled; enabling\ i-​ˈnā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce enabling (audio) \

Definition of enable

transitive verb

1a : to provide with the means or opportunity training that enables people to earn a living
b : to make possible, practical, or easy a deal that would enable passage of a new law
c : to cause to operate software that enables the keyboard
2 : to give legal power, capacity, or sanction to a law enabling admission of a state

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Enabling: The Behavior of an Enabler

Enable has a number of senses, most of which are some variant on allowing someone (or something, such as enabling cookies on a computer) to do something. In the past several decades, enable has also started to take on a new associated sense in the field of addiction studies, where enabling is viewed as giving misguided support to a person with some substance-abuse issue. A person who facilitates the self-destructive behavior of another is referred to as an enabler.

Examples of enable in a Sentence

The machine enables us to create copies without losing quality. The system enables students to access class materials online. These choices are part of what enabled the company to be successful. a filing system that enables easy access to information Be sure to enable your computer's firewall.
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Recent Examples on the Web Carlos Bustamante, a geneticist at Stanford University, credited Dr. Green with creating a series of technologies that enabled extracting more from less. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair," 16 Sep. 2019 The giant hot sphere of gas that enables our existence is not pictured to scale, Pete says. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Planet walk’ puts some things in perspective," 14 Sep. 2019 Carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases have molecular structures that enable them to absorb infrared radiation. Jason West, The Conversation, "Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate," 13 Sep. 2019 Available is Blue Link Connected Car technology that also enables compatibility with smart watches, Google Home, and Alexa. Sue Mead, Houston Chronicle, "Hyundai Veloster: Sporty compact curated with emotion, imagination," 13 Sep. 2019 The same qualities that enabled Bogdanović to stretch his role for the Pacers give his game some elasticity across the board. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Millennial and Generation Z workers have come of age and found empowerment in digital tools that enable them to inspire social change. Adaire Fox-martin, Fortune, "Doing Business While Doing Good? Yes, It’s Possible," 10 Sep. 2019 He was humiliated Tuesday — the first day of Parliament’s autumn term — by losing his first Commons vote as prime minister when lawmakers passed a motion 328-301 that enabled their push for a law stopping a no-deal Brexit. Danica Kirka, The Denver Post, "Brexit: U.K. Parliament delivers Boris Johnson third defeat in 2 days," 4 Sep. 2019 Other modifications that enabled in-flight refueling also increased its range from 3,000 miles to more than 7,000. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of enable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of enable was in the 15th century

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enable

verb
How to pronounce enable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enable

: to make (someone or something) able to do or to be something
: to make (something) possible, practical, or easy
technical : to cause (a feature or capability of a computer) to be active or available for use

enable

verb
en·​able | \ i-ˈnā-bəl How to pronounce enable (audio) \
enabled; enabling

Kids Definition of enable

: to give strength, power, or ability to : make able A good night's sleep enabled me to face the day refreshed.

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