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  • Noun




Joshua has the ability or skill to make me laugh. His ability or power to make funny faces and to remember every joke he has ever heard is like nothing I have ever known. Once he starts making faces, I do not have the ability or am not able to stop laughing. At that point, the only ability I have or thing I can do is roll on the floor and hold onto my stomach!

Quiz: What is an ability?

  • It is the power of remembering almost everything.
  • It is something that makes people laugh.
  • It is something that someone can do.

Memory Hook

Able More Than Bitty If you have an ability to do something, you are not just able to do it a little bitty bit, but quite a lot!


  • It starts with Krzyzewski's ability to connect with players . . . . Every coach strives for that bond; not many achieve it. —USA Today
  • [T]heir ability to engage in cardinal reasoning, i.e. knowing that the number three—when you see it on a page or hear someone say "three"—that it means exactly three, . . . is really at the root of our ability to count. —NPR

Word Ingredients

abil handy
-ity state or quality

If someone has the ability to do something, he possesses the quality of being “handy” at it.

Word Theater

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Ferris limits the principal's ability to rule the school.

Word Constellation