Definition of capable in US 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 nonstop’
    • ‘The evidence is that some boys are failing to achieve the results of which they are capable.’
    • ‘I felt I was capable of doing this on my own as well, but I had no choice and no windscreen wipers.’
    • ‘We can't afford to lose because Hearts and Aberdeen are both capable of catching us.’
    • ‘Alexa is a smart computer system capable of hearing and responding to the human voice.’
    • ‘How about educating staff so that they are capable of giving informed advice?’
    • ‘He hoped, and believed, that his Celtic side were capable of beating the champions.’
    • ‘Does the council think we are not capable of using the green bin without being forced to?’
    • ‘Immediate impressions suggest he is more capable of handling this sort of pressure than he was a year ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a second time in the game Leigh showed how capable they were of springing from defence into attack.’
    • ‘We've proved capable in the past of coming from behind and we've handled the heat.’
    • ‘All the other regions had at least one outstanding player capable of making a huge difference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one, not even Wise, claims that chimpanzees are capable of responsible behavior.’
    • ‘I am quite capable of being happy without outside interference thank you very much.’
    • ‘What is it about you, do you think, that makes you capable of doing the work that you do?’
    • ‘What is good is that England now strive not just to win but to play the cricket of which they know themselves 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’
      • ‘It's insanely dense too, with each scene capable of being read in any number of ways.’
      • ‘Neither in effect is capable of being measured by the strict rules of accountancy.’
      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’
    • ‘Thompson won't accept that Celtic are any less capable a side despite the absence of Larsson.’
    • ‘I feel better and more capable, and more attractive now than I have ever felt in my life.’
    • ‘He was a very capable surgeon and able to undertake all duties with skill and caring.’
    • ‘The boxes are packed and the house cleared and put into the capable hands of a local real estate agent.’
    • ‘Even the most capable biographers stray when they dabble in Freudian psycho-waffle.’
    • ‘Teams of highly trained and capable engineers were recruited into the railway industry.’
    • ‘It's long enough and there are plenty of capable people to take on the leadership.’
    • ‘It was fortunate that, in its hour of need, the country was able to call upon so capable a man.’
    • ‘At IPC she proved a capable chief executive and did not shy away from the tough decisions.’
    • ‘I did not know her name, but only saw her in passing; a swift and capable woman flitting about.’
    • ‘He misses the final as he is on holiday but leaves the team's fortunes in the capable hands of Simon Barker.’
    • ‘He was in fact a highly capable student and so was well able to complete his tasks ahead of others.’
    • ‘The solicitor, a very nice and capable young woman, agreed that this was wrong.’
    • ‘Although I was still technically still quite capable, the job became more difficult for me.’
    • ‘All credit to Wigan, they played well today and they are a very capable team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All in all, he proved a capable Chairman, handling staff on both sides of the Irish Sea with aplomb.’
    • ‘The man is extremely capable and cooks, cleans and does all his own washing and ironing.’
    • ‘The play is in the capable directorial hands of Sir Peter Hall and also stars Janet Suzman.’
    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

/ˈkāpəb(ə)l//ˈkeɪpəb(ə)l/