Definition of ably in English:



  • Skilfully; competently.

    ‘Steven has summed up our concerns very ably’
    • ‘Every part in this production was well cast, and each actor plays his or her role ably.’
    • ‘Rathnew full back Mark Coffey had a smashing first half, ably fronted all through by Stephen Byrne.’
    • ‘He was ably supported by his partner who was quite happy to play second fiddle, taking 47 balls for his five runs.’
    • ‘Those four athletes are ably backed up by Rose Tully, Tanya McHale and Olivia Flannery.’
    • ‘His team colleagues, ably captained by Robbie Powell, covered very well and registered their best points tally of the season.’
    • ‘Based on the Greek legend of Theseus trying to catch and slay the Minotaur, this is a wonderful story ably told.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the writers are ably assisted by Michael Lark, one of the finest character artists in comics today.’
    • ‘He was the driving force upfront, and was ably supported by the willing Richard Pugh, Duncan Jones and Ryan Jones.’
    • ‘He was ably substituted by chief organiser Kathleen Nerney in the afternoon.’
    • ‘It takes a brave man to argue that empire is good, but Niall Ferguson ably and admirably makes the case.’
    • ‘Her smile reflected the completeness of her happiness and ably communicated the effect of Robert's kind gesture.’
    • ‘Mr Luff was thanked for answering all questions put to him so ably.’
    • ‘However, the quality of this single is in no doubt and it was ably supported by what was unquestionably, for me, the best video of the year.’
    • ‘Jimmy was ably assisted on the day by Tyrone Power, best man, James Walsh, and Stuart Murray.’
    • ‘On this particular hike he was ably assisted by hike leaders Calvin Crawford and Leon Rougier.’
    • ‘The president has ably led us through the uncertain days following the worst attack on our country in modern times.’
    • ‘Annabel James deserved credit for a tight bowling display, ably backing up the more experienced Hughes and Jones.’
    • ‘She was ably supported by Charlotte Dixon, Amie Whetstone, Jennifer Griffiths and Rachel Hsu.’
    • ‘Be that as it may, I am now ably positioned to inform you that dancing is not necessarily good for the body.’
    • ‘He was ably assisted by his partner Michael Togher who notched up a goal and a point.’
    skilfully, with skill, ably, competently, proficiently, adeptly, adroitly, deftly, dexterously, effectively, expertly, with expertise, admirably, excellently, consummately, professionally
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