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en·a·ble

 (ĕ-nā′bəl)
tr.v. en·a·bled, en·a·bling, en·a·bles
1.
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.
2. To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to: a law enabling a new federal agency.
3. To make operational; activate: enabled the computer's modem; enable a nuclear warhead.
4. To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).

en·a′bler n.

enable

(ɪnˈeɪbəl)
vb (tr)
1. to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
2. to make possible
3. (Electronics) to put (a digital electronic circuit element) into an operative condition by supplying a suitable input pulse
enˈablement n
enˈabler n

en•a•ble

(ɛnˈeɪ bəl)

v.t. -bled, -bling.
1. to make able; provide with means, ability, or opportunity: A scholarship enabled her to attend college.
2. to make possible or easy: Lack of witnesses enabled him to get away with the crime.
3. to authorize; empower: documents enabling them to enter the building.
4. to make ready; equip (often used in combination): Web-enabled cell phones.
[1375–1425]
en•a′bler, n.

allow

permitletenable

Allow, permit, and let are all used to say that someone is given permission to do something, or is not prevented from doing something. Permit is a formal word.

1. 'allow' and 'permit'

Allow and permit are followed by an object and a to-infinitive clause.

He allowed me to take the course.
They do not permit students to use calculators in exams.

You can say that people are not allowed to do something or are not permitted to do something.

Visitors are not allowed to take photographs in the museum.
Children are not permitted to use the swimming pool.

You can also say that something is not allowed or that it is not permitted.

Running was not allowed in the school.
Picnics are not permitted in the park.
2. 'let'

Let is followed by an object and an infinitive without to.

Let me go to the party on Saturday. I won't be late.

You don't usually use 'let' in the passive. Don't say, for example, 'She was let go to the party'.

3. 'enable'

Don't confuse any of these words with enable. To enable someone to do something means to give them the opportunity to do it. It does not mean to give them permission to do it.

Contraception enables women to plan their families.
The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early.

enable


Past participle: enabled
Gerund: enabling

Imperative
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Present
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you enable
he/she/it enables
we enable
you enable
they enable
Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am enabling
you are enabling
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we are enabling
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Present Perfect
I have enabled
you have enabled
he/she/it has enabled
we have enabled
you have enabled
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Past Continuous
I was enabling
you were enabling
he/she/it was enabling
we were enabling
you were enabling
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Past Perfect
I had enabled
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Future
I will enable
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Future Perfect
I will have enabled
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Future Continuous
I will be enabling
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been enabling
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been enabling
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been enabling
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Conditional
I would enable
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Past Conditional
I would have enabled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.enable - render capable or able for some task; "This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street"; "The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
equip - provide with abilities or understanding; "She was never equipped to be a dancer"
endow, endue, gift, indue, invest, empower - give qualities or abilities to
disable, disenable, incapacitate - make unable to perform a certain action; "disable this command on your computer"

enable

verb
1. allow, permit, facilitate, empower, give someone the opportunity, give someone the means The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early.
allow stop, prevent, hinder, obstruct, impede
2. authorize, allow, commission, permit, qualify, sanction, entitle, license, warrant, empower, give someone the right The authorities have refused visas to enable them to enter the country.
authorize stop, bar, ban, block, thwart

enable

verb
1. To give the means, ability, or opportunity to do:
2. To give authority to:
Translations
يُمَكِّن
képessé tesz
gera kleift eîa fært
įgalinti
atļautdot iespēju
umožniť
omogočiti
mümkün kılmakolanak sağlamak

enable

[ɪˈneɪbl] VT
1. (= make able) to enable sb to do sthpermitir a algn hacer algo
2. (= make possible) → posibilitar
the new system will enable better communication between doctor and patientel nuevo sistema posibilitará or hará posible una mejor comunicación entre el médico y el paciente

enable

[ɪnˈeɪbəl] vt
(= make possible) to enable sb to do sth → permettre à qn de faire qch
(= facilitate) [+ development, growth] → favoriser; [+ access] → permettre
(= make usable) [+ device, phone] → activer

enable

vt
(= make able) to enable somebody to do somethinges jdm ermöglichen or möglich machen, etw zu tun, jdn in den Stand setzen, etw zu tun (geh); what enables the seal to stay under water so long?wodurch ist der Seehund fähig, so lange unter Wasser zu bleiben?
(Jur: = authorize) measures, reformsanordnen; to enable somebody to do somethingjdn (dazu) ermächtigen, etw zu tun
(Comput) → aktivieren

enable

[ɪˈneɪbl] vt to enable sb to do sthconsentire or permettere a qn di fare qc

enable

(iˈneibl) verb
to make able by giving means, power or authority (to do something). The money I inherited enabled me to go on a world cruise.

enable

vt (psych) facilitar, ayudar, permitir (que alguien haga algo perjudicial); He enables her helplessness by doing everything for her..El facilita su indefensión por hacer todo por ella; [Nota: En el argot psiquiátrico inglés, cuando uno facilita que alguien haga algo perjudicial se habla de to enable y cuando uno facilita que alguien haga algo beneficioso, se habla de to empower.]
References in classic literature ?
The latter, however, have no consciousness anterior to their physical births, and very little, indeed, for some time afterwards; whereas a different law prevails as respects us; our mental conformation being such as to enable us to refer our moral existence to a period that embraces the experience, reasoning and sentiments of several generations.
Our instruments enable us to perceive craters, with the inner cones so common to all our own volcanoes, giving reason to believe in the activity of innumerable burning hills at some remote period.
The most of the picture is a manifest impossibility--that is to say, a lie; and only rigid cultivation can enable a man to find truth in a lie.
Long practice and training, begun in the schools and continued in the experience of daily life, enable us to discriminate at once by the sense of touch, between the angles of an equal-sided Triangle, Square, and Pentagon; and I need not say that the brainless vertex of an acute-angled Isosceles is obvious to the dullest touch.
The first means of recognition is the sense of hearing; which with us is far more highly developed than with you, and which enables us not only to distinguish by the voice our personal friends, but even to discriminate between different classes, at least so far as concerns the three lowest orders, the Equilateral, the Square, and the Pentagon -- for of the Isosceles I take no account.
The power of construing the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution, will enable that court to mould them into whatever shape it may think proper; especially as its decisions will not be in any manner subject to the revision or correction of the legislative body.
It is intended to enable the national government to institute or authorize, in each State or district of the United States, a tribunal competent to the determination of matters of national jurisdiction within its limits.
Much time would not be necessary to enable her to discern these unfriendly dispositions.
The scientific world had barely had time to recover from the effect of this news, when it learned of the attempted assassination of Mademoiselle under the extraordinary conditions which we have detailed and which our visit to the chateau was to enable us to ascertain with yet greater precision.
Their capital, also, and the manner in which their supplies are distributed at various posts, or forwarded by regular caravans, keep their traders well supplied, and enable them to furnish their goods to the Indians at a cheap rate.
A THIEF hired a room in a tavern and stayed a while in the hope of stealing something which should enable him to pay his reckoning.
A prince ought to have no other aim or thought, nor select anything else for his study, than war and its rules and discipline; for this is the sole art that belongs to him who rules, and it is of such force that it not only upholds those who are born princes, but it often enables men to rise from a private station to that rank.