disabledis‧a‧ble /dɪsˈeɪbəl/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1MIDISABLEDto make someone unable to use a part of their body properly 🔊 Carter was permanently disabled in the war. Grammar Disable is usually passive in this meaning.2DESTROYBREAKto deliberately make a machine or piece of equipmentimpossible to use 🔊 The virus will disable your computer. —disablement noun [countable, uncountable] —disabling adjective 🔊 a disabling injury→ See Verb table
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disable• The tank's navigational system had been disabled during a grenadeattack.• Don had been permanently disabled in a car accident.• First, there was the groinstrain that put him on the disabledlist from April 28-May 12.• The robbers had disabled the bank's security system.• Somehow, the robbers were able to disable the gallery's alarm system.• Car-owners disable their vehicles every time they park.