disable Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “disable” in the English Dictionary

"disable" in British English

See all translations

disableverb

uk   us   /dɪˈseɪ.bl̩/

disable verb (PERSON)

[T often passive] to ​cause someone to have an ​illness, ​injury, or ​condition that makes it ​difficult for them to do the things that other ​people do: She was disabled in the ​accident.

disable verb (MACHINE)

[T] to ​stop something such as (​part of) a ​machine, ​system, or ​weapon from ​working: This ​weaponssystem will ​destroy or disable any ​incomingmissile. Disable the ​alarmsystem and then ​enter the ​building.
disabling
adjective uk   us   /-blɪŋ/
a disabling ​illness
(Definition of disable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disable" in American English

See all translations

disableverb [T]

 us   /dɪsˈeɪ·bəl/
to make something or someone ​unable to ​act in the ​correct or ​usual way: Thieves disabled the museum’s ​alarmsystem.
(Definition of disable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disable" in Business English

See all translations

disableverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈseɪbl/ IT
to ​turn off a ​part of a ​computersystem, or ​stop it from ​working in the ​normal way: To disable a ​program or ​device, right-click its ​listing under the appropriate ​category and choose 'Disable'.
(Definition of disable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of disable?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
faith school

a school that is financially supported by a particular religious group, usually for children from that religion

Word of the Day