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  • Noun

ability

uh-BIL-i-tee

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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
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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!

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

Word Constellation
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Ability