ability
noun
1 skill/power to do sth
ADJECTIVE
exceptional, extraordinary, great, outstanding, remarkable, uncanny
inherent, innate, natural

It's important to discover the natural abilities of each child.

proven
academic, acting, artistic, athletic, creative, intellectual, linguistic, mathematical, musical, psychic, reading, technical
mental, physical
… OF ABILITY
level

She showed a high level of ability as a runner.

VERB + ABILITY
have, possess
retain
demonstrate, show

Both players demonstrated their ability to hit the ball hard.

acquire, develop, enhance, improve
lack
lose

I seem to have lost my ability to attract clients.

affect, hamper, hinder, impair, impede, limit, undermine
appreciate, recognize

Fox's abilities were soon recognized.

doubt, question
overestimate, underestimate
PREPOSITION
ability in

She showed great ability in mathematics.

PHRASES
to the best of your ability

We will keep you informed to the best of our ability.

2 speed with which sb learns
ADJECTIVE
high

The school does nothing for children of high ability.

limited, low
average, mixed

It is much more difficult to teach a mixed-ability class.

VERB + ABILITY
assess, measure, test
ABILITY + NOUN
level
range
PHRASES
a range of ability, a range of abilities

I taught a wide range of abilities.


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