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Meaning of “capable” in the English Dictionary

"capable" in British English

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capableadjective

uk   us   /ˈkeɪ.pə.bl̩/
B2 able to do things ​effectively and ​skilfully, and to ​achieveresults: She's a very capable woman/​worker/​judge. We need to get an ​assistant who's capable and ​efficient.capable of sth/doing sth B2 having the ​ability, ​power, or ​qualities to be ​able to do something: Only the Democratic Party is capable of ​running the ​country. A ​force ten ​wind is capable of ​blowing the ​roofs off ​houses. When she's ​drunk she's capable of saying (= ​likely to say)awful, ​rude things. I ​thinkyourplan is capable of being (= could be)improved.
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capably
adverb uk   us   /-bli/
She ​drove very capably.

-capablesuffix

uk   us   /-keɪ.pə.bl̩/
(Definition of capable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"capable" in American English

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capableadjective

 us   /ˈkeɪ·pə·bəl/
having the ​skill or ​ability or ​strength to do something: She’s a very capable ​lawyer.
capability
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌkeɪ·pəˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
[U] Automation gives us the capability to do ​certainjobsquickly and well. [C] These capabilities, without ​exception, are what ​produceindustryleaders.
(Definition of capable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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