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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISABLE

I must disable this machinery and give the tug a chance to escape.

And he repeats the Arabic proverb in broken Arabic, “A drop of pus will disable a camel.”

Now he had to make another when her threat was not to kill him but to disable the ship.

But how do you disable a smooth-surfaced turtle-backed machine?

Running over a floating log might disable our propeller, and we should be helpless then.

If you're looking to me to disable the guy, forget about it.

"I am under orders to disable you if you refuse," the police warned.

If these men met him again he must disable them instantly or die.

I hoped thus to sink or disable our antagonist, or to make her sheer off.

Advancing towards him, they fired, and wounded, but did not disable him.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from dis- "do the opposite of" + ablen (v.) "to make fit" (see able). Related: Disabled; disabling. Earlier in the same sense was unable (v.) "make unfit, render unsuitable" (c.1400).

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