A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey-blee]
    • /ˈeɪ bli/
    • /ˈeɪ.bli/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-blee]
    • /ˈeɪ bli/

Definitions of ably word

  • adverb ably Ably means skilfully and successfully. 3
  • adverb ably in a competent or skilful manner 3
  • adverb ably in an able manner; skillfully 3
  • adverb ably in an able manner; with skill or ability; competently. 1
  • noun ably Skillfully; competently. 1
  • adverb ably capably, with skill 1

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Origin of ably

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400, ably is from the Middle English word abelli. See able, -ly

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Parts of speech for Ably


ably popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for ably

adv ably

  • competently — having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to manage the bank branch.
  • adroitly — expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
  • capably — having power and ability; efficient; competent: a capable instructor.

adverb ably

  • well — in a good or satisfactory manner: Business is going well.
  • skillfully — having or exercising skill: a skillful juggler.
  • proficiently — well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer.
  • adeptly — very skilled; proficient; expert: an adept juggler.
  • easily — in an easy manner; with ease; without trouble: The traffic moved along easily.

Antonyms for ably

adverb ably

  • incompetently — not competent; lacking qualification or ability; incapable: an incompetent candidate.

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