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To Ena'ble. v.a. [from able.] To make able; to confer power; to give strength or ability.

    If thou would'st vouchsafe to overspread
Me with the shadow of thy gentle wing,
I should enabled be thy acts to sing.
Spenser's Hymn on Love.

His great friendship with God might enable him, and his compassion might incline him. Atterbury's Sermon.

He points out to him the way of life, strengthens his weakness, restores his lapses, and enables him to walk and preserve in it. Rogers, Sermon 14.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Rogers, John (38) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Enable." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 22, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1026.


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