enable (one) to (do something)

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enable (one) to (do something)

To allow one to do something. My boss's absence enabled me to establish myself as a key figure in our department.
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enable someone to do something

to make it possible for someone to do something. This money will enable me to open my own business. My uncle enabled me to open my own candy shop.
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References in classic literature ?
This economy enabled him to buy a satisfactory decision when the cause of the quarrel was submitted to arbitration.
If he did not try to conceal his satisfaction at coming into possession of this fortune, which enabled him to give himself up to his passion for pure science, he had equally to rejoice, it seemed to him, for another cause.
The declivity of the hill enabled him to roll the carcass down to his companions, who were too feeble to climb the rocks.