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adjective uk   us   /ˈeɪ.bəl/

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.
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