Definition of ably in English:

ably

adverb

  • Skilfully; competently.

    ‘Steven has summed up our concerns very ably’
    • ‘Annabel James deserved credit for a tight bowling display, ably backing up the more experienced Hughes and Jones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Based on the Greek legend of Theseus trying to catch and slay the Minotaur, this is a wonderful story ably told.’
    • ‘The president has ably led us through the uncertain days following the worst attack on our country in modern times.’
    • ‘Rathnew full back Mark Coffey had a smashing first half, ably fronted all through by Stephen Byrne.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the writers are ably assisted by Michael Lark, one of the finest character artists in comics today.’
    • ‘His team colleagues, ably captained by Robbie Powell, covered very well and registered their best points tally of the season.’
    • ‘He was ably assisted by his partner Michael Togher who notched up a goal and a point.’
    • ‘He was the driving force upfront, and was ably supported by the willing Richard Pugh, Duncan Jones and Ryan Jones.’
    • ‘Those four athletes are ably backed up by Rose Tully, Tanya McHale and Olivia Flannery.’
    • ‘Be that as it may, I am now ably positioned to inform you that dancing is not necessarily good for the body.’
    • ‘Mr Luff was thanked for answering all questions put to him so ably.’
    • ‘She was ably supported by Charlotte Dixon, Amie Whetstone, Jennifer Griffiths and Rachel Hsu.’
    • ‘Her smile reflected the completeness of her happiness and ably communicated the effect of Robert's kind gesture.’
    • ‘Every part in this production was well cast, and each actor plays his or her role ably.’
    • ‘On this particular hike he was ably assisted by hike leaders Calvin Crawford and Leon Rougier.’
    • ‘He was ably supported by his partner who was quite happy to play second fiddle, taking 47 balls for his five runs.’
    • ‘Jimmy was ably assisted on the day by Tyrone Power, best man, James Walsh, and Stuart Murray.’
    skilfully, with skill, ably, competently, proficiently, adeptly, adroitly, deftly, dexterously, effectively, expertly, with expertise, admirably, excellently, consummately, professionally
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Pronunciation

ably

/ˈeɪbli/