Definition of enabler in English:


Pronunciation /ɛˈneɪblə//ɪˈneɪblə/


  • 1A person or thing that makes something possible.

    ‘the people who run these workshops are crime enablers’
    ‘Bluetooth is the ultimate enabler of the smart house that has been the darling of futurists since the 1939 World's Fair’
    • ‘The second aspect of Sambo's work was as a teacher and enabler.’
    • ‘We have to examine where we want to be a provider, where we want to be a co-provider, and where we want to be an enabler.’
    • ‘We see government as a catalyst, an enabler and a supporter of individual development and enterprise.’
    • ‘He is an enabler, and he enables us to get things done.’
    • ‘She described herself as being focused, inclusive and a good enabler.’
    • ‘No matter how sophisticated, technology is only the enabler.’
    • ‘Top management looked at networking as an industry enabler, rather than as a new business.’
    • ‘Be a success enabler, suggests Watson.’
    • ‘Teachers then become the enabler and the nurturer of the talent.’
    • ‘Clearly, real estate can be an enabler of a supply-chain strategy.’
    • ‘Digital technology is an enabler of new business models.’
    • ‘Expanding the view and scope of security is an important enabler in integrating security risk management into an organization.’
    • ‘However, he will be remembered as a leader and an enabler who made a lasting impression in his field.’
    • ‘The government clearly played a crucial role as enabler of the western settlement; but it did not, by itself, play the dominant role in the settlement and subsequent development of the frontier.’
    • ‘To Keegan, intelligence is, at best, an enabler; it cannot in itself bring victory.’
    • ‘It will be the enabler that will move us forward from a pure brick-and-mortar business to one which is both click and mortar.’
    • ‘Often people see money as the great enabler, but when you look at the other characteristics that define effective schools, many do not rely on increased spending, just wise spending.’
    • ‘The networked structure of the Internet proves to be an important enabler in becoming increasingly networked.’
    • ‘Consequently design, or more specifically aesthetics, is the chief enabler.’
    • ‘It suggests the government act as an enabler and facilitator for the industry rather than as an investor or regulator.’
    1. 1.1 A person who encourages or enables negative or self-destructive behaviour in another.
      ‘being an enabler to an addict does more harm than good’
      • ‘His own letters suggest that he was not only an enabler, but often in fact the dominator in the relationship with Douglas.’
      • ‘I don't want this to become an enabler for them.’
      • ‘To do otherwise essentially makes Washington the enabler in a terribly dysfunctional relationship that victimizes poor and minority children.’
      • ‘It must also be careful not to become a silent apologist or polite enabler for the regime.’
      • ‘If, say, a man in a family is alcoholic and his wife is the enabler, she's the one that goes out and buys the alcohol for him.’
      • ‘Alcohol is the crutch and a typewriter is the enabler for Leon Barlow (Arliss Howard), the bruised and possibly brilliant Midwestern American scribe at the centre of Big Bad Love.’
      • ‘My mom is a classic codependent and enabler.’
      • ‘My father was an essentially passive man and classic enabler who, although kind by himself, always supported mom and did not exert himself to protect us.’
      • ‘In recovery parlance, he is a classic enabler.’
      • ‘You've turned him into your spiritual project, and, ironically, you're nothing more than an enabler for his own negative pattern.’
      • ‘After the first murder, Selby becomes Aileen's enabler - initially unknowing, then with a gradual recognition (and perhaps perverse enjoyment) of her power.’
      • ‘Cutting them off and not being an enabler is often the most loving thing you can do.’
      • ‘If you buy drugs for such an event, you are an enabler.’
      • ‘She acts as his "enabler" allowing him to persist in self-destructive behaviour by making excuses or cleaning up after his mistakes.’
      • ‘It makes you an enabler of destructive behavior - and that's even worse than throwing your hands up in the air and walking away.’
      • ‘She's his posthumous enabler, cutting him plenty of slack for his male needs, allowing him to poeticize his libido, making his affair an artistic necessity.’
      • ‘But it becomes increasingly hard to hide, and it also becomes apparent that Michael has been her enabler by "wringing her out" as he says; fixing things when her drinking gets out of hand.’
      • ‘You want to feel included and embraced in your group, but what you're really doing is serving as the "enabler" of negative relationships.’
      • ‘Anderton's seedy enabler - a homeless guy lurking in the shadows - is straight out of mythology.’
      • ‘Bonnie probably never killed anyone, but it wasn't for lack of trying, and she was one hell of an enabler.’