Definition of enable
- training that enables people to earn a living
- a deal that would enable passage of a new law
- software that enables the keyboard
- a law enabling admission of a state
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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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.
: to make (someone or something) able to do or to be something
: to make (something) possible, practical, or easy
: to cause (a feature or capability of a computer) to be active or available for use
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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