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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
He said paintings unlocked human imagination and enabled one to view life and the world from a different perspective.
The Artus technology, which acts as a gateway between information and applications on the Internet and a mobile phone, has enabled ONE to launch a WAP service for its customers.
The exhibition also enabled one to discover Convert's sculptures, including his black or white wax casts of bells; these impenetrable objects, closed in on themselves, the very reverse of the expansion and dilation the architectural views bring into play.