Meaning of “capable” in the English Dictionary

"capable" in British English

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uk /ˈkeɪ.pə.bəl/ us /ˈkeɪ.pə.bəl/

B2 able to do things effectively and skilfully, and to achieve results:

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 think your plan is capable of being (= could be) improved.

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adverb uk /ˈkeɪ.pə.bli/ us /ˈkeɪ.pə.bli/

She drove very capably.


uk / -keɪ.pə.bəl/ us / -keɪ.pə.bəl/

(Definition of “capable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"capable" in American English

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us /ˈkeɪ·pə·bəl/

having the skill or ability or strength to do something:

She’s a very capable lawyer.
noun [ C/U ] us /ˌkeɪ·pəˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

[ U ] Automation gives us the capability to do certain jobs quickly and well.
[ C ] These capabilities, without exception, are what produce industry leaders.

(Definition of “capable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)