1 ability, power, gift, faculty, flair, genius, facility, aptitude, capacity, knack, ingenuity, forte, strength; endowment:
Bill's extraordinary talent for playing the trombone was widely acclaimed.
2 tendency, proclivity, propensity, penchant, predilection, predisposition, bent, inclination:
Annabel certainly has a talent for saying the wrong thing.
considerable, enormous, exceptional, extraordinary, formidable, genuine, great, major, outstanding, prodigious, rare, real, remarkable, special, tremendous, undoubted, unique | God-given, inborn, innate, natural, raw
Hard work is important, but it is no substitute for raw talent.
| hidden, undiscovered | mediocre | fresh, new
The company is always looking out for new talent.
| young | precocious | home-grown, local
one of the few teams that relies on home-grown talent
We are losing our top talent to other countries who pay more.
| acting, artistic, creative, literary, managerial, musical, scientific, vocal, writing
VERB + TALENT
The lad has undoubted talent.
| demonstrate, display, reveal, show | flaunt, show off
The banquet gave the chef a chance to flaunt his talents.
| direct, redirect, turn
After making her name as a singer, she turned her talents to acting.
| discover, recognize, spot, unearth
She has a keen eye for spotting talent. United have unearthed a real talent in this young defender.
| build (on), cultivate, develop, harness, make the most of, nurture, realize, tap, use, utilize
an effort to develop his creative talents to the full The theatre visits schools to tap young talent.
| squander, waste
His parents accused him of wasting his talents and abilities.
TALENT + VERB
Her talents lay in organization.
TALENT + NOUN
scout, spotter | competition, contest, show
He is a violinist of exceptional talent.
| with/without ~
kids with musical talent
| ~ for
You have a natural talent for storytelling.
a man/woman, etc. of many talents, a pool of talent
Hollywood directors have a marvellous pool of acting talent to draw from.
| a wealth of talent
There is a wealth of talent out there in our schools.
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