Enable definition

ĕ-nābəl
To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to.

A law enabling a new federal agency.

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To make operational; activate.

Enabled the computer's modem; enable a nuclear warhead.

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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.
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(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.
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Enable is defined as to make something possible.

An example of enable is giving someone money to pay for a car.

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(comput.) To activate (a device, a software function or feature, etc.)
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To authorize, allow, or permit.

Legislation enabling free trade, software enabling computer network access.

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(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.

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To make feasible or possible.

Funds that will enable construction of new schools.

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To make able; provide with means, opportunity, power, or authority.

Financial aid enabled Lou to attend college.

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To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
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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.

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To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).
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Origin of enable

  • en- +‎ able

    From Wiktionary