able

a|ble [ `eıbl ] adjective ***
intelligent or good at doing something:
She is a very able driver.
an academically able child
be able to do something
1. ) used for saying that it is possible for someone to do something. Forms such as have been able to and will be able to are sometimes considered as tenses of the verb can.
2. ) to have a particular physical or mental skill:
I'd love to be able to sing like you.
She's barely able to read or write.
3. ) to succeed in doing something on a particular occasion:
As far as I have been able to find out, he has no criminal convictions.
Barely able to stand, John staggered into the room.
4. ) to have enough money, time, or freedom to do something:
They're able to buy whatever they want.
I don't know if I'll be able to come.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • -able — able, ible 1. general. These two suffixes are derived from Latin endings abilis and ibilis, either directly or through Old French. Of the two, able is an active suffix that can be freely added to the stems of transitive verbs, whereas the set of… …   Modern English usage

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  • able to — The construction to be able to (do something), with an active to infinitive, is a natural part of the language, extending to inanimate as well as animate subjects • (By his proceeding to the beach…the next phase of the attack was able to proceed… …   Modern English usage

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  • able — [ā′bəl] adj. abler [ā′blər] ablest [ā′bləst] [ME < OFr hable, habile < L habilis, easily handled, apt < habere, to have, hold: see HABIT] 1. having enough power, skill, etc. to do something [able to read] 2. having much power of mind;… …   English World dictionary

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