Meaning of “disable” in the English Dictionary

"disable" in British English

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uk /dɪˈseɪ.bəl/ us /dɪˈseɪ.bəl/

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 weapons system will destroy or disable any incoming missile.
Disable the alarm system and then enter the building.
adjective uk /dɪˈseɪ.blɪŋ/ us /dɪˈseɪ.blɪŋ/

a disabling illness

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

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disableverb [ T ]

us /dɪsˈeɪ·bəl/

to make something or someone unable to act in the correct or usual way:

Thieves disabled the museum’s alarm system.

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

"disable" in Business English

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disableverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈseɪbl/ us IT

to turn off a part of a computer system, 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)