Definition of ability noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    ability

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//əˈbɪləti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbɪləti//
     
    (pl. abilities)
     
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  1. 1  [singular] ability to do something the fact that somebody/something is able to do something The system has the ability to run more than one program at the same time. Everyone has the right to good medical care regardless of their ability to pay. A gentle form of exercise will increase your ability to relax. opposite inability
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a level of skill or intelligence Almost everyone has some musical ability. He was a man of extraordinary abilities. students of mixed abilities A woman of her ability will easily find a job. I try to do my job to the best of my ability (= as well as I can).
  3. Word Familyable adjective (unable)ably adverbability noun (inability)disabled adjectivedisability noun Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis ‘able’.Extra examples Fox’s abilities were soon recognized. I seem to have lost my ability to attract clients. I taught a wide range of abilities. It is much more difficult to teach a mixed-ability class. It’s important to discover the natural abilities of each child. She showed a high level of ability as a runner. She showed great ability in mathematics. The school does nothing for children of high ability. There was a high level of ability among the school leavers. We will keep you informed to the best of our ability. discovering the natural abilities of each child Are you used to teaching students of mixed abilities? I try to do the job to the best of my ability.
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