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disable

dis·a·ble

disable

pronunciation:
dIs eI bl
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: disabled, disables, disabling
definition 1: to take away a person's ability.
She had to quit her job after the injury disabled her.
synonyms:
cripple, maim
similar words:
handicap, injure, lame, paralyze
definition 2: to make useless or unable to work.
The burglar disabled the alarm on the door before he broke in.
similar words:
cripple
derivations: disabled (adj.), disablement (n.)
Word Parts
The word disable contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-