Definition of ability in English:

ability

Syllabification: a·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /əˈbilədē
 
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noun (plural abilities)

1 [in singular, with infinitive] Possession of the means or skill to do something: the manager had lost his ability to motivate the players they’ll examine your ability to pay
More example sentences
  • All you are paying for is the ability to say that you've seen it early.
  • Britain should adopt a graduated income tax based on the ability to pay.
  • Finally, a more equal system of registration fees should be introduced, based on the ability to pay.
Synonyms
capacity, capability, potential, potentiality, power, faculty, aptness, facility; wherewithal, means
2Talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area: a man of exceptional ability students of all abilities
More example sentences
  • She utilized her resources to the best of her ability.
  • I'd never seen her in a show before, so I had no idea the extent of her ability.
  • It is a mark of her ability that the player has managed to remain in the world's top five despite the injuries.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis 'able'.

Phrases

to the best of one's ability

As well as one can: Conrad must do his job to the best of his abilities

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