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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bil-i-tee]
    • /əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
    • /əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bil-i-tee]
    • /əˈbɪl ɪ ti/

Definitions of abilities word

  • noun plural abilities power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, financially, etc. 1
  • noun plural abilities competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification: the ability to sing well. 1
  • noun plural abilities abilities, talents; special skills or aptitudes: Composing music is beyond his abilities. 1
  • noun abilities Plural form of ability. 1
  • noun abilities plural of ability. 0

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Origin of abilities

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English (h)abilite < Middle French < Latin habilitās aptitude, equivalent to habili(s) handy (see able) + -tās -ty2; replacing Middle English ablete < Old French < Latin, as above

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Parts of speech for Abilities


abilities popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abilities usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abilities

noun abilities

  • dependability — software reliability
  • the goods — sth obtained
  • right stuff — the necessary or ideal qualities or capabilities, as courage, confidence, dependability, toughness, or daring (usually preceded by the).
  • what it takes — the true nature or identity of something, or the sum of its characteristics: a lecture on the whats and hows of crop rotation.

Antonyms for abilities

noun abilities

  • weaknesses — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
  • inanities — lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
  • limitations — a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap: He knows his limitations as a writer.
  • wants — to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.

noun plural abilities

Top questions with abilities

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