US: /əˈbɪɫəˌti/
UK: /ɐbˈɪlətˌi/

English Vietnamese dictionary

ability /ə'biliti/
  • danh từ
    • năng lực, khả năng (làm việc gì)
    • (số nhiều) tài năng, tài cán
      • a man of abilities: một người tài năng
  • (pháp lý)
    • thẩm quyền
    • (thương nghiệp) khả năng thanh toán được; vốn sẵn có, nguồn vốn (để đáp ứng khi cần thiết)
      • to be best of one's ability: với tư cách khả năng của mình

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [sing.] ~ to do sth the fact that sb/sth is able to do sth: The system has the ability to run more than one program at the same time. + Everyone has the right to good medical care regardless of their ability to pay. + A gentle form of exercise will increase your ability to relax.
2 [C, U] a level of skill or intelligence: Almost everyone has some musical ability. + He was a man of extraordinary abilities. + students of mixed abilities + A woman of her ability will easily find a job. + I try to do my job to the best of my ability (= as well as I can).
-ability, -ibility

Thesaurus dictionary

1 adeptness, aptitude, facility, faculty, capacity, power, knack, proficiency, Colloq know-how:
I have perceived your ability to manipulate situations to your own advantage.
2 talent, skill, cleverness, capacity, wit, gift, genius, capability:
He has such extraordinary ability it is difficult to see why he doesn't accomplish more.
3 abilities. faculty, faculties, talent(s), gift(s), skill(s):
Her abilities have made her one of the finest cellists of our time.

Collocation dictionary

1 skill/power to do sth


exceptional, extraordinary, great, outstanding, remarkable, uncanny | inherent, innate, natural
discovering the natural abilities of each child
| proven | academic, acting, artistic, athletic, creative, intellectual, linguistic, mathematical, musical, reading, technical | mental, physical


have | demonstrate, show
Both players demonstrated their ability to hit the ball hard.
| acquire, develop | lack | lose
I seem to have lost my ability to attract clients.
| appreciate, recognize
Fox's abilities were soon recognized.


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

2 speed with which sb learns


The school does nothing for children of high ability.
| limited, low | average, mixed
It is much more difficult to teach a mixed-ability class.


assess, test


a level of ability
There was a high level of ability among the school leavers.
| a range of ability/abilities
I taught a wide range of abilities.

Concise English dictionary

+the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
+possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done