Definition of capable in English:

capable

adjective

  • 1capable of doing somethingHaving the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve a specified thing.

    ‘I'm quite capable of taking care of myself’
    ‘the aircraft is capable of flying 5,000 miles non-stop’
    • ‘He hoped, and believed, that his Celtic side were capable of beating the champions.’
    • ‘How about educating staff so that they are capable of giving informed advice?’
    • ‘We've proved capable in the past of coming from behind and we've handled the heat.’
    • ‘Immediate impressions suggest he is more capable of handling this sort of pressure than he was a year ago.’
    • ‘We can't afford to lose because Hearts and Aberdeen are both capable of catching us.’
    • ‘For a second time in the game Leigh showed how capable they were of springing from defence into attack.’
    • ‘What is it about you, do you think, that makes you capable of doing the work that you do?’
    • ‘I felt I was capable of doing this on my own as well, but I had no choice and no windscreen wipers.’
    • ‘I am quite capable of being happy without outside interference thank you very much.’
    • ‘There is no ultra-sound machine capable of breaking down the scar tissue inside her head.’
    • ‘Whether they are capable of mounting a decisive challenge is difficult to say.’
    • ‘Does the council think we are not capable of using the green bin without being forced to?’
    • ‘What is good is that England now strive not just to win but to play the cricket of which they know themselves capable.’
    • ‘I think we all felt we were a good side but not in our wildest drams did we think we were capable of what we have achieved.’
    • ‘Alexa is a smart computer system capable of hearing and responding to the human voice.’
    • ‘No one, not even Wise, claims that chimpanzees are capable of responsible behavior.’
    • ‘Only here and there did the Aberdonian produce anything like the form of which he is obviously capable.’
    • ‘Liverpool is soon to have a concert venue capable of hosting the biggest bands.’
    • ‘All the other regions had at least one outstanding player capable of making a huge difference.’
    • ‘The evidence is that some boys are failing to achieve the results of which they are capable.’
    have the ability to, have the potential to, be equal to, be equal to the task of, be up to
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    1. 1.1 Open to or admitting of something.
      ‘the strange events are capable of rational explanation’
      • ‘Neither in effect is capable of being measured by the strict rules of accountancy.’
      • ‘It's insanely dense too, with each scene capable of being read in any number of ways.’
      be open to, be susceptible of, admit of, allow of
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  • 2Able to achieve efficiently whatever one has to do; competent.

    ‘she looked enthusiastic and capable’
    ‘a highly capable man’
    • ‘The solicitor, a very nice and capable young woman, agreed that this was wrong.’
    • ‘He misses the final as he is on holiday but leaves the team's fortunes in the capable hands of Simon Barker.’
    • ‘I feel better and more capable, and more attractive now than I have ever felt in my life.’
    • ‘Thompson won't accept that Celtic are any less capable a side despite the absence of Larsson.’
    • ‘The ladies are definitely capable but we will have to wait and see what happens.’
    • ‘Our brave new world would be a meritocracy, where people who are capable do the jobs.’
    • ‘Although I was still technically still quite capable, the job became more difficult for me.’
    • ‘Teams of highly trained and capable engineers were recruited into the railway industry.’
    • ‘I did not know her name, but only saw her in passing; a swift and capable woman flitting about.’
    • ‘He was a very capable surgeon and able to undertake all duties with skill and caring.’
    • ‘At IPC she proved a capable chief executive and did not shy away from the tough decisions.’
    • ‘He was in fact a highly capable student and so was well able to complete his tasks ahead of others.’
    • ‘It's long enough and there are plenty of capable people to take on the leadership.’
    • ‘The man is extremely capable and cooks, cleans and does all his own washing and ironing.’
    • ‘Even the most capable biographers stray when they dabble in Freudian psycho-waffle.’
    • ‘The boxes are packed and the house cleared and put into the capable hands of a local real estate agent.’
    • ‘The play is in the capable directorial hands of Sir Peter Hall and also stars Janet Suzman.’
    • ‘All in all, he proved a capable Chairman, handling staff on both sides of the Irish Sea with aplomb.’
    • ‘It was fortunate that, in its hour of need, the country was able to call upon so capable a man.’
    • ‘All credit to Wigan, they played well today and they are a very capable team.’
    competent, able, efficient, effective, proficient, accomplished, adept, apt, practised, experienced, qualified, skilful, skilled, masterly, talented, gifted
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘able to take in’, physically or mentally): from French, from late Latin capabilis, from Latin capere ‘take or hold’.

Pronunciation

capable

/ˈkeɪpəb(ə)l/