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Definition of enable verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    enable

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈneɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈneɪbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enable
    BrE BrE//ɪˈneɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈneɪbl//
     
    he / she / it enables
    BrE BrE//ɪˈneɪblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈneɪblz//
     
    past simple enabled
    BrE BrE//ɪˈneɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈneɪbld//
     
    past participle enabled
    BrE BrE//ɪˈneɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈneɪbld//
     
    -ing form enabling
    BrE BrE//ɪˈneɪblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈneɪblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  enable somebody to do something to make it possible for somebody to do something synonym allow The software enables you to create your own DVDs. a new programme to enable older people to study at college
  2. 2  to 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 train 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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (formerly also as inable): from en-, in-, + able.Extra examples The new train line should enable easier access to the stadium. The software enables you to access the Internet in seconds. This new programme will enable older people to study at college.
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