ag·​ile | \ ˈa-jəl How to pronounce agile (audio) , -ˌjī(-ə)l How to pronounce agile (audio) \

Essential Meaning of agile

1 : able to move quickly and easily She is the most agile [=nimble] athlete on the team. Leopards are very fast and agile. a car with agile handling [=a car that moves quickly and smoothly when the steering wheel is turned]
2 : quick, smart, and clever an agile mind an agile writer an agile thinker

Full Definition of agile

1 : marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace an agile dancer
2 : having a quick resourceful and adaptable character an agile mind

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Other Words from agile

agilely \ ˈa-​jə(l)-​lē How to pronounce agile (audio) , -​ˌjī(-​ə)(l)-​lē \ adverb

Examples of agile in a Sentence

Leopards are very fast and agile. the expressive movements of agile dancers
Recent Examples on the Web The industry instead embraced agile methodologies that were more efficient but also generally preferred by the programmers who deployed them. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Tennis requires an athlete to be strong, agile, powerful and coordinated. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2021 The Lakers have two powerful, athletic and agile centers in Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan, and one of them could be the starter at times if Davis starts at power forward. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 These slim, agile, gray and white dolphins are most famous for leaping out of the ocean and spinning in circles in the air. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Buffalo Sabres - D Owen Power, University of Michigan Humongous and highly mobile rearguard is a fast and agile skater at 6-6. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 24 July 2021 Yet, since encryption is such a critical part of cryptocurrencies, there is hope that the community will be more agile than traditional industries on this point. Roger Huang, Forbes, 15 June 2021 But reconfigured as a bomber and operated by one pilot, who also served as bombardier, the Blitz was fast and agile. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Dec. 2020 With suspension and transmission tuning, the four-wheeler is also plenty agile and perfect for quick escapes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of agile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agile

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin agilis, from agere "to drive, be in motion, do, perform" + -ilis -ile entry 1 — more at agent

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“Agile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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ag·​ile | \ ˈa-jəl How to pronounce agile (audio) \

Kids Definition of agile

1 : able to move quickly and easily an agile athlete
2 : having a quick mind an agile thinker

Other Words from agile

agilely adverb jumped agilely

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