enable (someone) to (do something)

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enable (someone) to (do something)

To allow someone to do something. My boss's absence enabled me to establish myself as a key figure in our department.
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References in classic literature ?
The windows were curtainless, and the yellow moonlight, flooding in through the diamond panes, enabled one to see even colours, whilst it softened the wealth of dust which lay over all and disguised in some measure the ravages of time and moth.
One's standard was the ideal of one's own good-humored prosperity, the prosperity which enabled one to give as well as take.