Ability - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈbɪləti|  American pronunciation of the word ability
Brit.  |əˈbɪlɪti|  British pronunciation of the word ability


- the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
- possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done (syn: power)


a young woman with many remarkable musical abilities

a young woman of great musical ability

She has shown some ability with foreign languages.

Each man will be paid according to his ability.

The success attests his ability.

The health center serves all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

I don't have the ability to say 'no'.

The test measures verbal and mathematical ability.

It takes hard work and natural ability to make it as a professional athlete.

There are musicians of all abilities in the orchestra.

He's a writer of remarkable ability.

Ability to sell is essential for the job.

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. (K. Marx)

He began to question his ability to do the job.

He lost the ability to reason.

Word forms

singular: ability
plural: abilities
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