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[aj-uh l, -ahyl] /ˈædʒ əl, -aɪl/
quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe:
an agile leap.
active; lively:
an agile person.
marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware:
She's 95 and still very agile.
Origin of agile
1570-80; earlier agil < Latin agilis, equivalent to ag- (base of agere to do) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
agilely, adverb
agileness, noun
unagile, adjective
unagilely, adverb
1. nimble, sprightly. 2. brisk, spry.
1. awkward. 2. sluggish, lethargic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for agile
  • All cats are nimble and agile, and their long tails aid their outstanding balance.
  • Mental reserves keep brains agile.
  • The mind is not as agile as it once was, even at the ripe old age of 34.
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  • Even among our closest evolutionary relatives—chimpanzees and bonobos—babies are far more agile than their human counterparts.
  • Tall, handsome and agile, he has an appealing stage presence.
  • The university's mission is to develop leaders through agile and innovative programs embracing theory and practice.
British Dictionary definitions for agile


quick in movement; nimble
mentally quick or acute
Derived Forms
agilely, adverb
agility (əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin agilis, from agere to do, act
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Word Origin and History for agile

1580s, from Middle French agile (14c.) and directly from Latin agilis "nimble, quick," from agere "to move, drive" (see act (n.)). Related: Agilely.

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