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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 ​alarmsystem.
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disableverb

uk   us   /dɪˈseɪ.bl̩/

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 ​weaponssystem will ​destroy or disable any ​incomingmissile. Disable the ​alarmsystem and then ​enter the ​building.
disabling
adjective uk   us   /-blɪŋ/
a disabling ​illness
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disableverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈseɪbl/ IT
to ​turn off a ​part of a ​computersystem, 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)
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