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enable
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

3 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."
  • Her touch enabled her to recognize them in a moment, and to discover if a single feather were crippled or draggled.
    1 — The Maiden (75% in)
  • The light from the long, wide, mullioned window opposite shone in upon his nook, and, assisted by a secondary light of cold blue quality which shone down the chimney, enabled him to read there easily whenever disposed to do so.
    3 — The Rally (37% in)
  • Benvill Lane soon stretched before him, its hedges and trees purple with buds; but he was looking at other things, and only recalled himself to the scene sufficiently to enable him to keep the way.
    7 — Fulfilment (15% in)

There are no more uses of "enable" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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