Word forms: abilities
1. singular noun [N to-inf, oft with poss]
Your ability to do something is the fact that you can do it. ⇒ The public never had faith in his ability to handle the job. ⇒ He has the ability to bring out the best in others.
2. variable noun [oft with poss]usage note: Do not confuse ability with capability and capacity. You often use ability to say that someone can do something well. He had remarkable ability as a musician. ...the ability to bear hardship. A person's capability is the amount of work they can do and how well they can do it. ...a job that was beyond the capability of one man. ...the director's ideas of the capability of the actor. If someone has a particular capacity, a capacity for something, or a capacity to do something, they have the qualities required to do it. Capacity is a more formal word than ability. ...their capacity for hard work. ...his capacity to see the other person's point of view.
Your ability is the quality or skill that you have which makes it possible for you to do something. ⇒ Her drama teacher spotted her ability. ⇒ I have confidence in the ability of the players. ⇒ They repeatedly questioned his leadership abilities. ⇒ Does the school cater for all abilities?
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