be able to do something - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    used for saying that it is possible for someone to do something. Forms such as have been able to and will be able to are sometimes considered as tenses of the verb can

    I haven’t been able to get any more information.

  2. 3
    to succeed in doing something on a particular occasion

    As far as I have been able to find out, he has no criminal convictions.

  3. 4
    to have enough money, time, or freedom to do something

    They’re able to buy whatever they want.

    I don’t know if I’ll be able to come.

See also main entry: able