|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|
"able teachers" "a capable administrator" "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
|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"
|4.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12109|
|5.||[ adjective ] having a strong healthy body|
"an able seaman" "every able-bodied young man served in the army"