WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
en•a•ble /ɛnˈeɪbəl/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object + to + verb],-bled, -bling. 
  1. to make able;
    give power or ability:The money will enable us to hire more workers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
en•a•ble  (en ābəl), 
v.t., -bled, -bling. 
  1. to make able;
    give power, means, competence, or ability to;
    authorize:This document will enable him to pass through the enemy lines unmolested.
  2. to make possible or easy:Aeronautics enables us to overcome great distances.
Middle English;
see en-1, able
en•abler, n. 
1. empower, qualify, allow, permit.
enable, +v.t. 
  • Computingto make ready;
    equip (often used in combination):Web-enabled cell phones.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    enable /ɪnˈeɪbəl/ vb (transitive)
    1. to provide (someone) with adequate power, means, opportunity, or authority (to do something)
    2. to make possible

    enˈablement n enˈabler n

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