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able

adjective uk   /ˈeɪ.bəl/ us  

able adjective (CAN DO)

be able to do sth
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A2 to have the necessary physical strength, mental power, skill, time, money, or opportunity to do something: Will she be able to cope with the work? He's never been able to admit to his mistakes. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to phone you yesterday. It's so wonderful being able to see the sea from my window.
be better able to do something to find it easier to do something: Get a good night's sleep and you'll feel better able to cope.

able adjective (SKILFUL)

C2 intelligent or good at what you do: an able child/student/secretary This problem is now being looked at by some of the ablest minds/scientists in the country.
Translations of “able”
in Korean 재능 있는…
in Arabic قَدير…
in French capable, compétent…
in Turkish becerikli, zeki ve bir şeyi yapmada iyi…
in Italian bravo, capace, competente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 能做…
in Russian способный…
in Polish zdolny…
in Spanish capaz, competente, con derecho a…
in Portuguese capaz, apto…
in German in der Lage, fähig, stimmberechtigt…
in Catalan competent…
in Japanese 才能のある, 能力のある…
in Chinese (Simplified) 能做…
(Definition of able adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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