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agile

[aj-uh l, -ahyl] /ˈædʒ əl, -aɪl/
adjective
1.
quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe:
an agile leap.
2.
active; lively:
an agile person.
3.
marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware:
She's 95 and still very agile.
Origin
1570-1580
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
Synonyms
1. nimble, sprightly. 2. brisk, spry.
Antonyms
1. awkward. 2. sluggish, lethargic.
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British Dictionary definitions for agile

agile

/ˈædʒaɪl/
adjective
1.
quick in movement; nimble
2.
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
adj.

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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