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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 a·ble /ˈebḷ/ 形容詞
 有能力的, 能幹的, 能夠的, 可以的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·ble a. [comp. Abler superl. Ablest ]
 1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.]
    A many man, to ben an abbot able.   --Chaucer.
 2. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.
 3. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech.
    No man wrote abler state papers.   --Macaulay.
 4. Law Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.
 Note: Able for, is Scotticism.    =\“Hardly able for such a march.”\= --Robertson.
 Syn: -- Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·ble, v. t.  [Obs.]
 1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen.
 2. To vouch for. “I 'll able them.”
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 able
      adj 1: (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or
             skill or know-how or authority to do something; "able
             to swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we
             were at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant
             for the project" [ant: unable]
      2: have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able
         teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young
         as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: capable]
      3: having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity;
         "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two
         feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
      4: having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every
         able-bodied young man served in the army" [syn: able-bodied]