Meaning of “unable” in the English Dictionary

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"unable" in British English

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uk /ʌnˈeɪ.bəl/ us /ʌnˈeɪ.bəl/
be unable to do sth

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  • We were unable to get funding and therefore had to abandon the project.
  • She's been unable to play since January because of a torn calf muscle.
  • It's a tragedy that so many young people are unable to find jobs.
  • We regret that at the present time we are unable to supply the goods you ordered.
  • Experts seem unable to agree whether the drug is safe or not.

B1 to not be able to do something:

We were unable to contact him at the time.

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

"unable" in American English

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unableadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ʌnˈeɪ·bəl/

not able:

I was unable to find a pay phone.

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