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But if I worried too much about publishers' expectations, I'd probably paralyze myself and not be able to write anything.
David Baldacci

Meaning of "able" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ABLE

Ultimately from Latin habilis easy to hold, manageable, apt, from habēre to have, hold + -ilis-ile.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ABLE

able  [ˈeɪbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Able is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES ABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Able

Able may refer to: In science and technology: ▪ Able, a U.S. 1946 nuclear weapon test, part of Operation Crossroads ▪ ABLE, a simplified programming language ▪ Able space probes, probes in the Pioneer program ▪ Able, one of the first two monkeys in space to return to Earth alive Vehicles: ▪ USNS Able, a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship ▪ Able, an American car ▪ Able, a small French cyclecar Companies and organizations: ▪ Able Labs, a developer and manufacturer of generic pharmaceutical products ▪ Association for Better Living and Education, a non-profit Church of Scientology organization ▪ Able UK, British ship breaking and recycling company ▪ Aragón de Cable, Spanish telecommunications company ▪ ABLE India, consortium of Indian biotechnology companies ▪ ABLE or Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission In other fields: ▪ Able ▪ Able Crown, a fictional character from DC Comics ▪ The first letter of the "Able-Baker" spelling alphabet ▪ Hurricane Able, three hurricanes in the early 1950s...

Definition of able in the English dictionary

The first definition of able in the dictionary is having the necessary power, resources, skill, time, opportunity, etc, to do something. Other definition of able is capable; competent; talented. Able is also qualified, competent, or authorized to do some specific act.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ABLE


Abel
ˈeɪbəl
Babel
ˈbeɪbəl
bistable
baɪˈsteɪbəl
cable
ˈkeɪbəl
disable
dɪsˈeɪbəl
enable
ɪnˈeɪbəl
fable
ˈfeɪbəl
gable
ˈɡeɪbəl
label
ˈleɪbəl
monostable
ˌmɒnəʊˈsteɪbəl
round-table
ˌraʊndˈteɪbəl
sable
ˈseɪbəl
stable
ˈsteɪbəl
table
ˈteɪbəl
thermostable
ˌθɜːməʊˈsteɪbəl
timetable
ˈtaɪmˌteɪbəl
turntable
ˈtɜːnˌteɪbəl
unable
ʌnˈeɪbəl
under-the-table
ˈʌndəðəˈteɪbəl
unstable
ʌnˈsteɪbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ABLE

ablate
ablation
ablatitious
ablatival
ablative
ablative absolute
ablatively
ablator
ablaut
ablaze
able rating
able seaman
able-bodied
able-bodied seaman
able-minded
abled
ablegate
ableism
ableist
ablet

WORDS THAT END LIKE ABLE

accessible
affordable
applicable
at the double
available
comfortable
compatible
double
ensemble
expandable
flexible
horrible
humble
impossible
incredible
on the table
portable
possible
printable
reasonable

Synonyms and antonyms of able in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «able» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of able

Translation of «able» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ABLE

Find out the translation of able to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of able from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «able» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

capaz
570 millions of speakers

English

able
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सक्षम
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قادِر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

способный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

capaz
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সক্ষম
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

capable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mampu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

fähig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

・・・ができる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

할 수 있는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Bisa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

có khả năng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முடியும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सक्षम
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yapabilmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

capace
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zdolny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

здатний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

capabil
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ικανός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

staat
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

skicklig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dyktig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of able

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ABLE»

The term «able» is very widely used and occupies the 1.285 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ABLE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about able

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10 QUOTES WITH «ABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word able.
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Candice Accola
My favorite thing about playing a vampire is the stunts. It's just a new, fun thing to do. Especially as a girl, being able to be all dolled up in heels and little outfits and be able to kick boys' butts, I think it's a really fun, make-believe world to play.
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Tom Baker
Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it's fantastic. It's a kind of madness really.
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David Baldacci
But if I worried too much about publishers' expectations, I'd probably paralyze myself and not be able to write anything.
4
Lou Barletta
In a city that is barely getting by with its small budget, something like illegal immigration can be the difference from being able to provide the level of public service that people expect.
5
Amber Benson
Acting is fantastic, but to be able to create a whole world on celluloid is amazing. It's like taking your dreams straight from your head and projecting them onto a screen.
6
Charles M. Blow
I had an insanely long commute - New York to D.C. - when I worked at 'National Geographic.' I hate to waste time, so I spent my time by writing about my life on the premise that I might be able to pitch those as short essays to magazines. It wasn't until later that I realized that I was writing a book.
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Jessie Cave
Having done film, TV and theatre, the nicest final bit of the jigsaw is to do live comedy, because you can talk to the audience. It feels really natural to be able to laugh with them, but at the same time still be within the framework of a play.
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Katie Couric
And they like being able to turn on the television day in and day out to see someone that they know and they feel comfortable with and trust hopefully and respect even.
9
David Herbert Donald
I was able to sit at Lincoln's side and see how he thought and how he acted, and how he felt about what was going on around him. I felt the pressures that were on him. You can see what people were writing to him, how they were nudging him.
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John Elway
You always want to have good balance. That's the key to winning a Super Bowl. You look at the teams who have won championships, you got to have balance. So, to be able to run the ball effectively and throw the ball effectively is what gives you the chance to win a world championship.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ABLE»

Discover the use of able in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to able and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Value.able: How to Value the Best Stocks and Buy Them for ...
Praise for Roger Montgomery's best-selling value investing guide book for the stock market: "This is a book you simply must read. The very best investors in the world are "value" investors.
Roger Montgomery, 2012
2
On Not Being Able to Paint
Milner’s great study discusses the nature of creativity and those forces which prevent its expression. With a new introduction by Janet Sayers this book brings the text to the present generation of readers in the field of psychoanalysis
Marion Milner, 2010
3
Able, Gifted and Talented
This guide provides teachers and trainees with practical strategies for teaching able, gifted and talented children in mainstream classroom settings.
Janet Bates, Sarah Munday, 2005
4
Meeting the Needs of Your Most Able Pupils: Geography
Provides specific guidance on issues including how to recognise high ability, and features comprehensive appendices and online resources including lesson and homework ideas.
Jane Ferretti, 2012
5
Able, Gifted and Talented Underachievers
This is entirely new material based upon research undertaken for NACE/London Gifted and Talented led by Belle Wallace.
Diane Montgomery, 2009
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Able One
Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One. ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a high-powered laser able to knock out missiles in flight.
Ben Bova, 2010
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Able underachievers
This book advocates that the current curriculum needs to be taught differently so as to include all learners and to 'engage their brains' with the curriculum content.
Diane Montgomery, 2000
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God Is Able
New York Times best-selling author Shirer (The Resolution for Women) brings her most popular speaking topic to print, working from Ephesians 3:20-21 to show how God is our solid rock in life's most trying times.
Priscilla Shirer, 2013
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Perfectly Able: How to Attract and Hire Talented People with ...
This insightful, paradigm-busting book will help you redefine your recruitment and hiring practices and open your eyes to the untapped potential for building a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. --
Jim Hasse, 2010
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Able!: How One Company's Disabled Workforce Became the Key ...
Habitat's business has grown enormously, with much of its new business coming from work outsourced to them by competitors who could not come close to matching its productivity.". "This is Habitat's story.
Nancy Henderson Wurst, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term able is used in the context of the following news items.
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Zuckerberg: People will be able to share emotions in future through …
Mark Zukerberg firmly believes that through Facebook, people will be able to share their sensory feedback, thoughts and emotions with each ... «Benchmark Reporter, Jul 15»
2
Donald Trump: Jeb will never be able to secure borders, negotiate …
Jeb will never be able to secure our border, negotiate good trade deals, strengthen our military or care for our veterans. The biggest difference ... «Tampabay.com, Jul 15»
3
British Grand Prix: Bottas 'would have been able to pull a gap'
When asked by AUTOSPORT if he felt he could have eased clear had he got past Massa, Bottas said: "I feel I would have been able to have ... «autosport.com, Jul 15»
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You will soon be able to approve online payments by taking selfies
MasterCard is trying to cut down on fraud and appeal to young'uns. This fall, they're going to start experimenting with a new way to approve online payments ... «The Week Magazine, Jul 15»
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It's like a three-wheeled motorcycle, but would be able to fly
These engines would be able to pivot left and right to alter the direction of the craft. At this point, I thought 'why not design the legs so they could ... «The Globe and Mail, Jul 15»
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Will Southampton ever be able to hold onto their main stars in the …
Young stars need to be able to develop their game at a natural rate in the Premier League before they are truly worthy of their hype – yet ... «FootballFanCast.com, Jul 15»
7
Elon professor: NC should be able to issue 'Choose Life' license plates
“Given what the court said about the Walker case out of Texas, North Carolina should be able to issue a 'Choose Life' plate without having to ... «Burlington Times News, Jul 15»
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Comment: Insects may be able to feel fear, anger and empathy, after …
Comment: Insects may be able to feel fear, anger and empathy, after all. Honeybee in flight approaching cherry tree blossoms to collect pollen. «SBS, Jul 15»
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Ocoee River Able to Reopen for Holiday
Ocoee River Able to Reopen for Holiday. The Ocoee River opened back up, Saturday, after high water levels threatened business along the ... «WTVC, Jul 15»
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Why steel giants are able to float
Fully laden and fuelled, one of Hapag-Lloyd's biggest ships from the “Hamburg Express” class weighs up to 180,000 tonnes – and still these ... «Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide, Jul 15»

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