Definition of agile in English:



  • 1Able to move quickly and easily.

    ‘Ruth was as agile as a monkey’
    • ‘And, to be honest, he did not seem to be that agile as he moved around stage.’
    • ‘Very active and agile, the young ones move around the open area without fear.’
    • ‘The bubbling minds and agile movements of the kids all through the recent celebration said it all.’
    • ‘They are so agile when they move, thanks to their abundance of elastic muscles.’
    • ‘Slow of foot, but agile of mind, how did he catch the speedy antelope and other game which provided him with his protein?’
    • ‘He is quick and agile and able to get to the second level to seal off linebackers.’
    • ‘We hitch a lift in a Lynx, the sports car of military helicopters: small, agile and nippy.’
    • ‘He's very limber and agile and would have a few good moves to pull out on Superman.’
    • ‘However, the Astra is such an agile and nimble car that you may very well avoid an accident altogether.’
    • ‘Like all the best criminals, spammers have agile minds and always manage to stay one step ahead of the filter technology.’
    • ‘He exuded class, confidence and style and for a heavily-built man was very agile and nimble.’
    • ‘The magician does special exercises to keep his fingers nimble and body agile.’
    • ‘As analysts, we must always be flexible and agile enough to be able to handle the new issues.’
    • ‘He is in effect trapped within his body as his mind remains agile.’
    • ‘Boiling over with rage that her formerly agile mind and body would no longer do her bidding, she vented her spleen on those around her.’
    • ‘A lean, lithe, grizzly looking fellow, supple, agile with a leathery skin and sinewy.’
    • ‘Give that agile mind a rest and those busy lips a break - tune into what's going on beyond the brain.’
    • ‘A pregnant woman needs exercise to keep her body and limbs supple and agile to ensure easy labour.’
    • ‘You also need to be agile and in my mind it is a very complete sport.’
    • ‘She applied her administrative skill and her agile mind to the problem of pensions, now so topical.’
    alert, sharp, acute, clever, shrewd, astute, intelligent, quick-witted, perceptive, penetrating, piercing, active, nimble, quick off the mark, finely honed, rapier-like
    nimble, lithe, spry, supple, limber, sprightly, acrobatic, dexterous, deft, willowy, graceful, light-footed, nimble-footed, light on one's feet, fleet-footed
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    1. 1.1Able to think and understand quickly.
      ‘his vague manner concealed an agile mind’
      • ‘Leaders can also use the agility checklist to ensure training events are developing the most agile leaders possible.’
      • ‘It's important not to let that agile mind overpower your instincts or undermine your intuition.’
      • ‘He offers a heroic portrait of a CIA director rebuilding the agency into a more agile, effective organization, partly along network lines.’
      • ‘And in his conversation he displayed a quick, agile and fair mind.’
      • ‘He is in effect trapped within his body as his mind remains agile.’
      • ‘Bilal wondered how anybody with such a smile, such an agile turn of phrase, could consider himself undistinguished.’
      • ‘Using this information, HP is able to recommend specific actions the company can take to become more agile.’
      • ‘We need men and women who are mentally and physically robust and intellectually agile.’
      • ‘Expecting any commander who is overly supervised in garrison to suddenly become an agile, adaptive leader in a field environment is unrealistic.’
      • ‘Thriving in a time when only the agile survive requires continual reinvention.’
      • ‘Short-lived, transitory projects and the open exchange of ideas filters our emotions through an agile and razor sharp intelligence.’
      • ‘The aim of this study is to initially identify some of the factors critical for successful agile organisations in managing their supply chains.’
      • ‘Our most agile reader suggests the proper method of consuming Middle Eastern fruits.’
      • ‘The move marks another evolution for a movement that has been agile in adopting new technology.’
      • ‘Campbell is a very fine speaker, with a highly trained and agile legal brain.’
      • ‘The right software can make any size company more efficient, more agile, more responsive.’
      • ‘Both democracy and the free market will not survive long in the absence of an informed, alert, intellectually agile public.’
      • ‘Continuing changes in the marketplace, including new entrants, has given rise to the need to be more cost competitive and agile.’
      • ‘You can be compliant and agile at the same time.’
      • ‘You know, he had just an agile, wonderful mind.’
      alert, sharp, acute, clever, shrewd, astute, intelligent, quick-witted, perceptive, penetrating, piercing, active, nimble, quick off the mark, finely honed, rapier-like
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  • 2Relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterized by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans.

    ‘agile methods replace high-level design with frequent redesign’
    Contrasted with waterfall
    • ‘My experiencee suggests that agile approaches can be successful in almost every kind of development team and in almost all organizations.’
    • ‘Offshore software application developers use agile methodology to bring flexibility to their development process.’
    • ‘I had been looking for some software to manage web projects in an agile and collaborative way.’
    • ‘In a perfect world an agile team is collaborating, interacting, discussing and reviewing almost everything they do.’
    • ‘One thing that an agile team should definitely be able to do is deliver software by a certain date.’


Late Middle English: via French from Latin agilis, from agere do.