Able

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Definition

able: competent, capable, skilled
adjective
He is a very able person. He can do a lot of things.

to be able (to do something): to be capable (of doing something), to be sufficiently competent (to do something)
idiom
Pronunciation examples
UK: Lucy is a very able athlete.
US: She was unable to fix my car by Tuesday.

Examples

  • "I've looked at your Medical History questionnaire and I'm afraid you won't be able to give blood today."
  • "Engineers are currently developing craft which would be able to fly from London to New York in 35 hours."
  • "And since this is the Queen's Head pub, I thought you might be able to help me with my enquiries."
  • ""I'm afraid we are currently experiencing cash-flow problems and will not be able to pay for the shipment of perfumes until next month."
  • "Kevin : Well Mrs Lee, because your factory seems so versatile, I was wondering if you would be able to handle our cosmetic packaging as well."
  • "Philip : But this year, if this rate of growth continues, I am confident that we will be able to beat."
  • "I haven't been able to see Game of Groans for weeks."
  • "Philip : Will they be able to produce enough Bruno's Brew to supply this order?"
  • "ChinaCorp will definitely be able to take care of the production requirements you mentioned."
  • "Icarus : Using high pitch frequencies emitted by the global positioning device in Bruno's helicopter, and then cross referencing them both with the amount of fuel in the helicopter as well as all known latitude and longitudes in both the eastern and western hemispheres, I was able to project Bruno and Susie's trajectory and landing location within one kilometer!"

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