• (British) IPA: [dɪsˈeɪbəɫ]

disable (disables, present participle disabling; past and past participle disabled)

  1. (transitive) To render unable; to take away an ability of, as by crippling.
  2. (chiefly, of a person) To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.
    Falling off the horse disabled him.
  3. (chiefly, electronics, computing) To deactivate, to make inoperational (especially of a function of an electronic or mechanical device).
    The pilot had to disable the autopilot of his airplane.
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  1. (obsolete) Lacking ability; unable.
    • Our disable and unactive force.

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