Definition of ability in English:
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
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- 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.
capacity, capability, potential, potentiality, power, faculty, aptness, facility, propensity, wherewithal, means, preparedness
2 [mass noun] Talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area: a man of exceptional ability [count noun]: pupils of all abilities
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- 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.
talent, skill, expertise, expertness, adeptness, aptitude, skilfulness, prowess, mastery, artistry, calibre, accomplishment;
competence, competency, proficiency;
dexterity, adroitness, deftness, cleverness, smartness, flair, finesse, gift, knack, brilliance, genius;
to the best of one's ability
- As well as one can: Conrad must do his job to the best of his abilitiesMore example sentences
- My only advice for my sister was to use her military training to the best of her ability and stay strong.
- He puts so much into everything he does that those around him are inspired to perform to the best of their ability: there is such a strong desire not to let him down.
- The following is, to the best of my ability, a recreation of the factual debate between two of the presenters who shall go unnamed.
Late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis 'able'.
Words that rhyme with abilityagility, civility, debility, docility, edibility, facility, fertility, flexility, fragility, futility, gentility, hostility, humility, imbecility, infantility, juvenility, liability, mobility, nihility, nobility, nubility, puerility, senility, servility, stability, sterility, tactility, tranquillity (US tranquility), usability, utility, versatility, viability, virility, volatility
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