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noun ability pronunciation in American English /əˈbɪləti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the fact of being able to do something
    ability to do something: Tiredness can seriously impair your ability to drive.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the level of skill that someone has in a particular job or activity
    Our courses cater for different levels of ability.
    The work will vary according to your abilities.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the quality of being skillful or naturally good at something
    Abraham Lincoln was a politician of great ability.
 

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