Meaning of “enable” in the English Dictionary

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"enable" in British English

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enableverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈneɪ.bəl/ us /ɪˈneɪ.bəl/

B2 to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible:

[ + to infinitive ] Computerization should enable us to cut production costs by half.

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  • Some tests enable you to find out the sex of your baby before it's born.
  • Only good team work will enable us to get the job done on time.
  • I'm looking for a job which will enable me to develop my skills.
  • The sophisticated avionics enable the helicopter to operate at night.
  • Computerization has enabled us to do away with a lot of paperwork.

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

"enable" in American English

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enableverb [ T ]

us /ɪˈneɪ·bəl/

to make someone or something able to do something by providing whatever is necessary to achieve that aim:

Saving enough money now will enable you to retire comfortably.

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

"enable" in Business English

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enableverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈneɪbl/ us

to make someone or something able to do something, or to make something possible:

enable sb/sth to do sth This software will enable us to track orders more efficiently.
Recent technology has enabled the development of cheaper digital radios.

(Definition of “enable” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)