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abilitynoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
the ​mental or ​physicalpower or ​skillneeded to do something: [U] They should not be taking in somebody they don't have the ability to ​care for. [C] Her ​teammatesrespect her abilities.
(Definition of ability from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"ability" in British English

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abilitynoun [C or U]

uk   /əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
B1 the ​physical or ​mentalpower or ​skillneeded to do something: There's no ​doubting her ability. [+ to infinitive] She had the ability toexplain things ​clearly and ​concisely. She's a woman of ​considerable abilities. I have ​children in my ​class of very mixed abilities (= different ​levels of ​skill or ​intelligence). a ​mixed-abilityclass

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-abilitysuffix

uk   /-ə.bɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/ (also ibility)
(Definition of ability from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ability" in Business English

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abilitynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /əˈbɪləti/
the ​power or ​skill needed to do something, or the fact that someone is able to do something: There's no doubting her ability. the ability to do sth A good ​leader has the ability to ​motivatepeople. We like our ​employees to have a broad ​range of abilities, not just good ​qualifications.
(Definition of ability from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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