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Definition of enable verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enable
    he / she / it enables
    past simple enabled
    -ing form enabling
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  1. 1enable somebody to do something to make it possible for someone to do something synonym allow The software enables you to create your own DVDs. a new program to enable older people to get a college degree
  2. 2to make it possible for something to happen or exist by creating the necessary conditions synonym allow enable something to do something Insulin enables the body to use and store sugar. enable something a new subway line to enable easier access to the stadium Language Bankprocessdescribing a process This diagram illustrates the process of paper-making. / This diagram shows how paper is made. First/First of all, logs are delivered to a paper mill, where the bark is removed and the wood is cut into small chips. Next/Second, the wood chips are pulped, either using chemicals or in a pulping machine. Pulping breaks down the internal structure of the wood and enables/allows the natural oils to be removed. Once/After the wood has been pulped, the pulp is bleached in order to remove impurities. /…is bleached so that impurities can be removed. The next stage is to feed the pulp into the paper machine, where it is mixed with water and then poured onto a wire conveyor belt. As the pulp travels along the conveyor belt, the water drains away. This causes the solid material to sink to the bottom, forming a layer of paper. At this point the new paper is still wet, so it is passed between large heated rollers, which press out the remaining water and simultaneously dry the paper. / …dry the paper at the same time. The final stage is to wind the paper onto large rolls. /Finally, the paper is wound onto large rolls.
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