verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl, diz-ˈā-\

: to cause (something) to be unable to work in the normal way

: to make (someone) unable to do something (such as use part of the body) in the usual way

dis·ableddis·abling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of DISABLE

transitive verb
:  to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity
:  to make incapable or ineffective; especially :  to deprive of physical, moral, or intellectual strength
dis·able·ment \-bəl-mənt\ noun

First Known Use of DISABLE

15th century

Synonym Discussion of DISABLE

weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap, cripple, disable mean to lose or cause to lose strength or vigor. weaken may imply loss of physical strength, health, soundness, or stability or of quality, intensity, or effective power <a disease that weakens the body's defenses> . enfeeble implies an obvious and pitiable condition of weakness and helplessness <enfeebled by starvation>. debilitate suggests a less marked or more temporary impairment of strength or vitality <the debilitating effects of surgery>. undermine and sap suggest a weakening by something working surreptitiously and insidiously <a poor diet undermines your health> <drugs had sapped his ability to think>. cripple implies causing a serious loss of functioning power through damaging or removing an essential part or element <crippled by arthritis>. disable suggests a usually sudden crippling or enfeebling <disabled soldiers received an immediate discharge>.
DISABLE Defined for Kids


verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl\

Definition of DISABLE for Kids

:  to make unable or incapable <He disabled the computer system.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl, diz-\
dis·ableddis·abling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Medical Definition of DISABLE

:  to deprive of a mental or physical capacity


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