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adjective capable pronunciation in American English /ˈkeɪpəb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    able to do something
    capable of:

    I want to see you achieve what you are capable of.

    capable of doing something:

    The port is capable of handling 10 million tons of coal a year.

    He is capable of anything (=any action, however bad) if it furthers his ambition.

  2. 2
    very good at doing a job

    The staff all seem very capable.

    I was impressed by his capable handling of the situation.

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I asked Gail to take over, which she did very capably.



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