enable[en ā′bəl, in-]
- Enable is defined as to make something possible.
An example of enable is giving someone money to pay for a car.
Financing enables this couple to buy a car.
transitive verbenabled, enabling
- to make able; provide with means, opportunity, power, or authority: financial aid enabled Lou to attend college
- to authorize, allow, or permit: legislation enabling free trade, software enabling computer network access
- to make possible or effective; specif., to make possible or support the dysfunctional behavior of (someone), as by denying it exists or compensating for it in some way
transitive verben·a·bled, en·a·bling, en·a·bles
- a. To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity (to do something); make able: a hole in the fence that enabled us to watch; techniques that enable surgeons to repair the heart.b. To make feasible or possible: funds that will enable construction of new schools.
- To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to: a law enabling a new federal agency.
- To make operational; activate: enabled the computer's modem; enable a nuclear warhead.
- To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).
(third-person singular simple present enables, present participle enabling, simple past and past participle enabled)
- To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
- (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow.
- (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) To allow a way out or excuse for an action.
- His parents enabled him to go on buying drugs.
en- + able