tr.v. en·a·bled, en·a·bling, en·a·bles
a. To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity (to do something); make able: a hole in the fence that enabled us to watch; techniques that enable surgeons to repair the heart.
b. To make feasible or possible: funds that will enable construction of new schools.
2. To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to: a law enabling a new federal agency.
3. To make operational; activate: enabled the computer's modem; enable a nuclear warhead.
4. To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).
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