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able

adjective  /ˈeɪ·bəl/ us  

able adjective (HAVING WHAT IS NEEDED)

[+ to infinitive] having what is needed to do something, esp. the physical or mental power, skill, time, money, or opportunity: I lost my job and wasn’t able to afford my old apartment. We won’t be able to keep up this kind of effort much longer.

able adjective (SKILLFUL)

good at what you do: He is an able student.
ably
adverb  /ˈeɪ·bli/ us  
He does his job very ably.
Translations of “able”
in Korean 재능 있는…
in Arabic قَدير…
in French capable, compétent…
in Turkish becerikli, zeki ve bir şeyi yapmada iyi…
in Italian bravo, capace, competente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 能做…
in Russian способный…
in Polish zdolny…
in Spanish capaz, competente, con derecho a…
in Portuguese capaz, apto…
in German in der Lage, fähig, stimmberechtigt…
in Catalan competent…
in Japanese 才能のある, 能力のある…
in Chinese (Simplified) 能做…
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