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I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that's cool. Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand.
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Meaning of "ability" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ABILITY

From Old French from Latin habilitās aptitude, handiness, from habilisable.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ABILITY

ability  [əˈbɪlɪtɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ABILITY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ability is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES ABILITY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of ability in the English dictionary

The first definition of ability in the dictionary is possession of the qualities required to do something; necessary skill, competence, or power. Other definition of ability is considerable proficiency; natural capability. Ability is also special talents.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ABILITY


accessibility
əkˌsɛsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ
accountability
əˌkaʊntəˈbɪlɪtɪ
affordability
əˌfɔːdəˈbɪlɪtɪ
availability
əˌveɪləˈbɪlɪtɪ
capability
ˌkeɪpəˈbɪlɪtɪ
compatibility
kəmˌpætɪˈbɪlɪtɪ
disability
ˌdɪsəˈbɪlɪtɪ
durability
ˌdjʊərəˈbɪlɪtɪ
eligibility
ˌɛlɪdʒɪˈbɪlɪtɪ
flexibility
ˌflɛksɪˈbɪlɪtɪ
inability
ˌɪnəˈbɪlɪtɪ
liability
ˌlaɪəˈbɪlɪtɪ
mobility
məʊˈbɪlɪtɪ
nobility
nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ
possibility
ˌpɒsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ
probability
ˌprɒbəˈbɪlɪtɪ
reliability
rɪˌlaɪəˈbɪlɪtɪ
responsibility
rɪˌspɒnsəˈbɪlɪtɪ
stability
stəˈbɪlɪtɪ
visibility
ˌvɪzɪˈbɪlɪtɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ABILITY

abidance
abide
abider
abiding
abidingly
Abidjan
abietic acid
Abigail
Abilene
abilities
Abingdon
abiogenesis
abiogenetic
abiogenetically
abiogenic
abiogenically
abiogenist
abiological
abiosis
abiotic

WORDS THAT END LIKE ABILITY

agility
facility
feasibility
fertility
functionality
hostility
humility
inevitability
instability
merchantability
profitability
suitability
susceptibility
sustainability
tranquility
usability
utility
variability
versatility
viability
vulnerability

Synonyms and antonyms of ability in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ABILITY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ability» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ability

Translation of «ability» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ABILITY

Find out the translation of ability to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ability from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ability» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

能力
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

aptitud
570 millions of speakers

English

ability
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

क्षमता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قُدْرَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

способность
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

habilidade
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ক্ষমতা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

capacité
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kebolehan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Fähigkeit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

能力
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

능력
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kemampuan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

khả năng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திறன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

क्षमता
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kabiliyet
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

abilità
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zdolność
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

здатність
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

aptitudine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ικανότητα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vermoë
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förmåga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

evne
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ability

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ABILITY»

The term «ability» is very widely used and occupies the 2.711 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ABILITY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ability

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10 QUOTES WITH «ABILITY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ability.
1
George Allen, Sr.
People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.
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James Altucher
The first rule of personal finance is that it's not personal and it's not financial. It's about your ability to make ten changes and not get too depressed over it.
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Erykah Badu
I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that's cool. Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand.
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Eric Balfour
The amazing thing about technology is that people have power. We are seeing it all the time in that innocuous people you would never know are having their voices heard because of this ability and technology we have.
5
Iain Banks
You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it- writing's a double skill, really.
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Lloyd Blankfein
The ability for employment benefits to be shared among spouses, the ability to move people who are dependent on visas for trailing spouses, all hinges on being able to deal with families of gay people in the same way that you deal with families of straight people. Otherwise, they can't move around.
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Vanna Bonta
Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest.
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Leonard Boswell
The American work ethic is something to be admired. Our workforce, regardless of position, works hard to produce the best product and serve customers to the best of their ability.
9
Arthur C. Brooks
The system that enables the most people to earn the most success is free enterprise, by matching up people's skills, interests, and abilities. In contrast, redistribution simply spreads money around. Even worse, it attenuates the ability to earn success by perverting economic incentives.
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Erik Brynjolfsson
We're rapidly entering a world where everything can be monitored and measured. But the big problem is going to be the ability of humans to use, analyze and make sense of the data.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ABILITY»

Discover the use of ability in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ability and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-ability Classrooms
Offers proven ideas for how to match instructional approaches to the readiness, interests, and talents of all students.
Carol A. Tomlinson, 2001
2
Active Listening: Improve Your Ability to Listen and Lead
Active listening is a person’s willingness and ability to hear and understand.
Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Michael H. Hoppe, 2011
3
Ability Grouping in Education
Ability Grouping in Education provides an overview of ability grouping in education. The authors consider selective schooling and ability grouping within schools, such as streaming, banding setting and within-class grouping.
Judith Ireson, Susan Hallam, 2001
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Numerical Ability & Mathematical Aptitude
The text covers arithmetic, algebra, data interpolation and other topics in detail which will help candidates prepare themselves for various admission tests to management courses and other professional and competitive examinations.Key ...
Dr. A.B. Rao, 2004
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MASA, the Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability
This tool may also be utilized for monitoring swallowing skills over time. The manual will include a technical manual as well as step-by-step user's guide.
Giselle Mann, 2002
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Motivation, Ability and Confidence Building in People
This book uses a case study approach drawing on everyday situations giving both management students and practitioners easy-to-relate-to situations.
Adrian Mackay, 2007
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Response Ability: The Language, Structure, and Culture of ...
This user's manual for the new economy shows companies how to reconfigure themselves to respond quickly when a business situation demands rapid changes in organization, distribution logistics, production capability, innovation capability, ...
Rick Dove, 2002
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Ability Testing: Report of the Committee
Part 1, the report of the Committee, presents a wide-ranging discussion of testing issues. The text has been kept largely free of the critical apparatus of scholarly literature.
Alexandra K. Wigdor, Wendell R. Garner, 1982
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This Ability: An International Legal Analysis of Disability ...
The work examines the primary role of legislation and its effect on court process, looking at the impact of NAFTA and the EU in an historical and compelling analysis of discrimination.
Dr Anne-Marie Mooney-Cotter, 2013
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General Vs. Specific Ability Tradeoffs in Personnel ...
This study suggests that the use of specific ability measure(s) in selection may offer a better balance between validity and subgroup differences than does g.
Shonna Dianne Waters, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ABILITY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ability is used in the context of the following news items.
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David Solomons's top 10 superheroes of questionable ability
That would have been significantly more useful than his actual power, which was the ability to detach one arm and deploy it as a club. Arm Fall ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
A special ability
JB Munro is stepping down. The former head of IHC, fundraising maestro and global disability advocate talks to Bruce Munro about the ... «Otago Daily Times, Jul 15»
3
Pulliam: Is Facebook killing our ability to relate?
An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researcher worries about our decline in empathy and compassion even as the world ... «Indianapolis Star, Jul 15»
4
'FIFA 16' to Give Gamers the Ability to Make Lionel Messi's Signature …
Apparently, the game will already give players the ability to make the signature sleek move of Argentinian football superstar Lionel Messi. «Master Herald, Jul 15»
5
Training exercise shows off live-fire training ability at Fort Stewart
Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division exit a shoot-house at Fort ... «Savannah Morning News, Jul 15»
6
State of Origin 2015 game 3: Mal Meninga backs Dane Gagai's …
MAL Meninga has been convinced by Dane Gagai's confidence and ability to handle the demands of an Origin debut in an unfamiliar wing ... «Courier Mail, Jul 15»
7
Alexis Sanchez's impressive year crowned by Copa America victory
When the four-time Champions League winner went down with injury two years ago, the versatile attacker displayed his ability to score goals ... «World Soccer Talk, Jul 15»
8
Pope Francis' Visit to Latin America Will Test His Ability to Keep …
QUITO, Ecuador — Pope Francis has turned heads with bold stands on climate change and income inequality. He helped broker a historic ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
9
Researchers Study Horses' Fearfulness and Learning Ability
The researchers did not identify any other personality characteristic that appeared to have so much effect on learning ability, said Vidament. «TheHorse.com, Jul 15»
10
Brian McCann's ability to steal strikes for his pitchers has declined
During contract talks, McCann and his agent showed the Yankees something else they knew the organization already valued: McCann's ability ... «Newsday, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Ability [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ability>. Jul 2019 ».
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