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[en-ey-buh l] /ɛnˈeɪ bəl/
verb (used with object), enabled, enabling.
to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize:
This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
to make possible or easy:
Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
to make ready; equip (often used in combination):
Web-enabled cell phones.
Origin of enable
1375-1425; Middle English; see en-1, able
Related forms
enabler, noun
preenable, verb (used with object), preenabled, preenabling.
1. empower, qualify, allow, permit. Unabridged
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  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and come prepared with a sense of adventure and a text messaging enabled cell phone.
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  • High-tech-enabled cheating is everywhere and there is no sufficient way to stop it.
  • In fact, close observation has even enabled them to read the insect's waggle performance.
  • Our intelligence has enabled us to conquer the world.
  • And artificial ponds maintained throughout the year would have enabled continuous access to fresh fish and drinking water.
  • It is designed to engage citizens of all ages in hands-on, technology-enabled exploration of our natural environment.
  • Our gift for dissembling has enabled societies to survive and thrive.
  • He postulates, however, that something inherent in our physiology may have enabled this pattern of poetry to take shape.
  • The restrictive tactics have enabled publishers to squeeze more dollars from their subscribers.
British Dictionary definitions for enabled


verb (transitive)
to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
to make possible
to put (a digital electronic circuit element) into an operative condition by supplying a suitable input pulse
Derived Forms
enablement, noun
enabler, noun
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Word Origin and History for enabled



early 15c., "to make fit;" mid-15c., "to make able to," from en- (1) "make, put in" + able. Related: Enabled; enabling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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