I've just came up with a verb "capabalize" as a synonym for enable.

It's main intention is to capabalize / enable the system for...

Is it correct? I could not find it in several dictionaries.

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    While it's true that no dictionary of English can ever be complete (because of productive affixes and neologisms), and therefore absence of evidence in a dictionary is not evidence of absence .... I'd say no, I don't think anyone has used the word "capabalize". Not only is it not listed in any dictionary indexed by OneLook.com, there are precisely zero hits for it in the COCA corpus.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 28, 2015 at 16:55
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    It would be spelled capabilize if it existed (compare capability). Sep 28, 2015 at 17:37
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    I don't recall ever seeing this word, and I would find it awkward and off-putting to read.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 28, 2015 at 18:25

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The word you're looking for is capabilitate: To make capable; to indicate the capabilities of a property.

The source is OED2 (book).

  • You have a source, so I believe you. Does the OED give a example of usage? Is there a nuance for this word that differentiates it from enable? Maybe more work than you signed up for, but this is a strange word for me!
    – ab2
    Sep 28, 2015 at 17:55
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    @ab2 The OED marks this obs; the only example given is "1780 W. Woty in Cussans Hist. Herts 104 Brown..whom Chambers may excel, But ne'er could capabilitate so well."
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 28, 2015 at 19:34
  • +1, also thefullwiki.org/capabilitate
    – Eilia
    Sep 28, 2015 at 19:42

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