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Definition to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
  • The test enables earlier identification of autism.
enables = makes possible
  • We hope the law will enable consumers to better understand loan expenses.
  • enable = make possible
  • The microchip enables blind people to see furniture and even recognize faces.
  • She showed her father how to enable voice-controlled texting on his phone.
  • When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • enable = make it possible for
  • The tunnel enabled him to get from the barn to his hiding place under the pig trough without coming out into the open.
    E. B. White  --  Charlotte's Web
  • enabled = allowed (made it possible for)
  • Its termination the feeble light did not enable us to see.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • enable = make it possible
  • A few more details, enabling the listener to repeat his version in turn, then nothing to talk about until The Maycomb Tribune appeared the following Thursday.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • enabling = making it possible for
  • Still lost in his cabalistic dreams, Akibe Drummer had discovered a verse in the Bible which, interpreted in terms of numerology, enabled him to predict that the deliverance war: due within the coming weeks.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • enabled = made it possible [for]
  • Gulden heaved up again, and the movement enabled Kells to pull out the knife.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • In words, Jack Cardinal has enabled this place to survive forever.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • The fact that you were given protection, and your specific abilities, enabled you to defend your ground, so to speak.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Although the version seemed unlikely to them, they did not have any information enabling them to replace it with the true one.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • But at last it began to shred away lazily, and by the end of another quarter-hour the land was clear and our curiosity was enabled to satisfy itself.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • I will write a letter of recommendation for you that will enable you to attend and graduate from any college in the country.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And yes, I saw everything that you saw; my gifts enable me to see what others normally cannot.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • My Saint-Bernard-brute followed me to the enclosure every night, and his vigilance enabled me to sleep at times in something like peace.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • At least, he enabled her to produce life, though he was fifty and she past forty when the son was born.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • We thank Thee that our people have been given the gift of freedom, enabling them to rise from the ashes of ruin and be reborn ....
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Her money has enabled Belky to build a one-bedroom house in Honduras.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey

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