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enable
used in The War of the Worlds

4 uses
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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."
  • As yet the flight had not grown to a panic, but there were already far more people than all the boats going to and fro could enable to cross.
    1.12 — Book 1 Chapter 12 — What I Saw of the Destruction of.... (47% in)
  • It was probably her not firing that enabled her to get so near the enemy as she did.
    1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (74% in)
  • And while I am engaged in this description, I may add in this place certain further details which, although they were not all evident to us at the time, will enable the reader who is unacquainted with them to form a clearer picture of these offensive creatures.
    2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — What We Saw from the Ruined House (50% in)
  • So I went along by the side of it, and came to a corner and a rockwork that enabled me to get to the top, and tumble into the garden I coveted.
    2.6 — Book 2 Chapter 6 — The Work of Fifteen Days (24% in)

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