AskDefine | Define enable

Dictionary Definition

enable v : render capable or able for some task; "This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street"; "The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain" [ant: disable]

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  1. : To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
    Who hath enabled me. 1 Tim. i. 12.
  2. To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow.
    Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor. -Addison.
  3. To allow a way out or excuse for an action
    ''His parents enabled him to continue buying drugs.


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