|Origin:||Latin habilis 'skillful', from habere 'to have'|
a‧ble S1 W1
to have the skill, strength, knowledge etc needed to do something: ➔ see usage note can1
I've always wanted to be able to speak Japanese.
to be in a situation in which it is possible for you to do something:
I'd like to do more gardening, but I never seem able to find the time.
I haven't been able to read that report yet.
clever or good at doing something:
one of my more able students