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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 second form of enabling is what I call syntonic or positive enabling.
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Used with traditional underwriting information and skills, data warehousing can help identify better risks in marginal classes and poor risks in good classes, enabling an insurer to make intelligent underwriting choices and price risks more accurately.