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enable
used in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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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."
  • It enabled him to get his farm tilled with much less expense to himself than he could have had it done without such a reputation.
    Chapter 9 (92% in)
  • The reading of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery; but while they relieved me of one difficulty, they brought on another even more painful than the one of which I was relieved.
    Chapter 7 (46% in)

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