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enable

[en-ey-buh l] /ɛnˈeɪ bəl/
verb (used with object), enabled, enabling.
1.
to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize:
This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
2.
to make possible or easy:
Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
3.
to make ready; equip (often used in combination):
Web-enabled cell phones.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; Middle English; see en-1, able
Related forms
enabler, noun
preenable, verb (used with object), preenabled, preenabling.
Synonyms
1. empower, qualify, allow, permit.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-enable

enable

/ɪnˈeɪbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
2.
to make possible
3.
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 pre-enable

enable

v.

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

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