ability /əˈbɪlɪti/


I. noun

1. [in sing., with infinitive] possession of the means or skill to do something

the manager had lost his ability to motivate the players.
2. [ mass noun] talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area

a man of exceptional ability
[ count noun]
pupils of all abilities.
II. phrases

to the best of one’s ability
as well as one can

Conrad must do his job to the best of his abilities.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis ‘able’.

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