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 playersMore 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.
- 2 [mass noun] Talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area: a man of exceptional ability [count noun]: pupils of all abilitiesMore example sentences
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; qualification, resources; French savoir faire• informal know-how
- 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.
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'.