Definition of 'able'
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You need somebody on the panel who is able to read and judge medical documentation. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And a fifth of parents are downsizing to be able to afford that price hike. The Sun (2016)Is there no one able to do the things that we all know need doing? The Sun (2016)That means you have space out wide and are able to get in more crosses. The Sun (2016)Few people are able to read their own obituaries. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He should be able to go one better. The Sun (2016)Some have already been able to get out and play golf. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Will spectators be able to afford multiple games at the same ground in a short space of time? Times, Sunday Times (2016)It wouldn't be the first time capitalism proved able to adjust to new realities. Times, Sunday Times (2017)There will be very few people in the country who will be able to afford it. The Sun (2013)Those are the students who are going to be able to get jobs. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Being able to read and spell and write letters and documents is vital. The Sun (2010)We need a government able to raise our country off its knees. The Sun (2012)You have to pedal very hard through life to be able to afford one. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You can get the balance right between being confident and being able to listen to advice. The Sun (2008)There were lots of times she was able to ask me for help. The Sun (2013)Riders must be competent and able to spend four to six hours daily in the saddle. Times, Sunday Times (2014)We have met some of the most intelligent and able people in the world. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Now he is worried about being able to afford the pet. The Sun (2009)He seemed to be able to get away with it. The Sun (2012)At least if she can read she will be able to read signs when she drives. The Sun (2012)The government would be able to win because it had won the war. The Global Marketplace (1993)No one will be able to follow in your footsteps with such gentle tact and marvellous support. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Families depend on mums being able to spend time with their newborn. Times, Sunday Times (2013)No one will be able to afford to come shopping here now. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Entrepreneurs should be able to get the same benefits as investors. Times, Sunday Times (2013)At last they will be able to read and be better informed. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Our government is more able to resist outside forces that might stop us doing our own thing. Times, Sunday Times (2015)You can get the balance right between being confident and able to take advice in all you do. The Sun (2008)Do not feel like you are less qualified or less competent to be able to do the job because you are different. Times, Sunday Times (2013)You'll be able to ask intelligent questions and zero in on particular problem areas. Christianity Today (2000)Lallana is such a bright footballer, able to tailor his work to the needs of the situation. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There are fine, bright able women in politics, and she does them no favours. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The first sign of decline of an industry is loss of appeal to qualified, able, and ambitious people. THE ESSENTIAL DRUCKER (2001)
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