Definition of 'unable'
Video: pronunciation of 'unable'
Example sentences containing 'unable'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
The star trio are then unable to find the required space to be effective. The Sun (2016)They understandably feel unable to serve in his shadow cabinet. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Sufferers may feel unable or unwilling to face work. The Sun (2016)But poor record keeping by some providers meant many women were unable to find out if they had them. The Sun (2016)The report also recommends more support for new head teachers who abruptly find themselves unable to confide in junior colleagues. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Unable to keep her bottles down, she lost so much weight that she was admitted to hospital. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A government source said he had been sent to the centre because officials had been unable to find enough volunteers. Times, Sunday Times (2017)I had entered my address on the app yet he seemed unable to find me for 15 minutes. The Sun (2016)Being so hard on yourself, feeling unable to let this go, may be a lot to do with what drives you. The Sun (2016)Entrants unable to attend the finals may be replaced. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Friends and family have been unable to shed any light on their disappearance. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Without our help victims and their families may feel unable to face the ordeal of court. The Sun (2010)Why have they been unable to accept her as a woman? Times, Sunday Times (2016)The reason that she has been unable to keep them was not made clear. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They have been unable to find a photograph of his wife. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Friends and family have been unable to contact him. Times, Sunday Times (2008)PwC had said already that it was unable to accept or refund vouchers. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Sometimes satire is unable to keep pace with real life. Times, Sunday Times (2010)His young companion was unable to keep the food down. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Shop assistants may encourage you to use this form of payment if they feel you are unable to pay cash. Say Goodbye to Debt (1994)But she was unable to attend. BLOOD AGAINST THE SNOWS: The Tragic Story of Nepal's Royal Dynasty (2002)It will also work against those who genuinely need to sell concert tickets at short notice because they are unable to attend. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The problem was that he barely saw his family and was unable to engage fully with his church and youth group activities. Times, Sunday Times (2007)In reality, the brothers will probably be unable to accept such a triangular arrangement. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Extreme, prolonged sadness can reach a point where friends and family are unable to help. EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER: A Journey Through the Science of Feelings (2005)He was unable to accept the social chapter in the draft Treaty. The Global Marketplace (1993)He said that illegal images appearing on websites would not be such a problem if people were unable to find them through search engines. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I feel therefore unable to continue in the post. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Because of these problems, she was unable to attend most of her classes and lost credit for the term. An Alternative Approach to Allergies (1990)That in itself will trigger profoundly upsetting and painful emotions, particularly as you feel unable to talk to anybody. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She had been unable to attend her appointment because of haemorrhaging and lack of money, and was worried about her eyes. Behind Closed Doors - advice for families with violence in the home (1988)
Trends of 'unable'
Very Common. unable is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'unable'
British English: unable /ʌnˈeɪbl/ ADJECTIVE
If you are unable to do something, it is impossible for you to do it.
I was unable to accept the invitation.
- American English: unable to
- Arabic: عَاجِز عَنْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: incapaz de
- Chinese: 不能的
- Croatian: nesposoban
- Czech: neschopný něco udělat
- Danish: ude af stand til
- Dutch: niet in staat
- European Spanish: incapaz de
- Finnish: kykenemätön
- French: incapable de
- German: außerstande
- Greek: μη δυνάμενος να
- Italian: incapace
- Japanese: ･･･できない
- Korean: ...할 수 없는
- Norwegian: ute av stand til
- Polish: niezdolny do
- European Portuguese: incapaz de
- Romanian: incapabil
- Russian: неспособный
- Spanish: incapaz de
- Swedish: inte kunna
- Thai: ไม่สามารถที่จะ
- Turkish: yapamamak
- Ukrainian: нездатний
- Vietnamese: không thể
British English: unable ADJECTIVE
If you are unable to do something, you are not able to do it.
After the car accident, he was unable to walk.
Definition of unable from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Collins Reference Catalogue 2019
View our new 2019 reference catalogue. From dictionaries, phrasebooks, language learning, atlases and maps, general reference and puzzles, you'll be sure to find books that appeal to you.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.