1. [ adjective ] (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

"able to swim" "she was able to program her computer" "we were at last able to buy a car" "able to get a grant for the project"

Related terms: unable ability ability
2. [ adjective ] have the skills and qualifications to do things well
Synonyms: capable

"able teachers" "a capable administrator" "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"

Related terms: competent
3. [ adjective ] having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity

"able to learn" "human beings are able to walk on two feet" "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"

Related terms: capable
4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12109
5. [ adjective ] having a strong healthy body
Synonyms: able-bodied

"an able seaman" "every able-bodied young man served in the army"

Related terms: fit
Similar spelling:   abele