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Meaning & Definition of Capable in English

English

Capable

/kepəbəl/

adjective

1. (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability

  • "Capable of winning"
  • "Capable of hard work"
  • "Capable of walking on two feet"
    synonym:
  • capable

2. Possibly accepting or permitting

  • "A passage capable of misinterpretation"
  • "Open to interpretation"
  • "An issue open to question"
  • "The time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
    synonym:
  • capable
  • ,
  • open
  • ,
  • subject

3. (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for

  • "No one believed her capable of murder"
    synonym:
  • capable

4. Having the requisite qualities for

  • "Equal to the task"
  • "The work isn't up to the standard i require"
    synonym:
  • adequate to(p)
  • ,
  • capable
  • ,
  • equal to(p)
  • ,
  • up to(p)

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • able
  • ,
  • capable

Examples of using

I don't think they're capable of doing that.
We are all capable of loving and being loved at the moment of our birth.
Everyone is capable of learning a foreign language, but it's all much easier for those with talent.