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Definition of "able" []

  • Having sufficient power or resources to accomplish something: a singer able to reach high notes; a detergent able to remove stains. (adjective)
  • Usage Problem Susceptible to action or treatment: The brakes were able to be fixed. (adjective)
  • Especially capable or talented. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "able" in a sentence
  • "[The words are on the board in this form: love + able, care + less.] “The suffix _able_ begins with the vowel _a_; therefore when it is added to the word _love_ the final silent _e_ is dropped, and the word is spelled _lovable_.”"
  • "I signed on as able seaman -- _able_ seaman 'cause I was a fishing chap an 'had me Royal Naval Reserve ticket -- aboard the"
  • "England what it is, -- able to subdue the earth, _able to domineer over Catholics."