enable

verb en·able \ i-ˈnā-bəl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of enable

enabled; enabling play \i-ˈnā-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of enable in a Sentence

  1. The machine enables us to create copies without losing quality.

  2. The system enables students to access class materials online.

  3. These choices are part of what enabled the company to be successful.

  4. a filing system that enables easy access to information

  5. Be sure to enable your computer's firewall.

Recent Examples of enable from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of enable

15th century

enable Synonyms


ENABLE Defined for English Language Learners

enable

verb

Definition of enable for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ENABLE Defined for Kids

enable

verb en·able \ i-ˈnā-bəl \

Definition of enable for Students

enabled; enabling
: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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