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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin habilis 'skillful', from habere 'to have'


a‧ble S1 W1

be able to do something

a) to have the skill, strength, knowledge etc needed to do something:
I've always wanted to be able to speak Japanese.
see usage note can1
b) 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.
2 clever or good at doing something:
one of my more able students

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