1) способность, возможность (делать что-л.)

ability to hear — способность слышать

inborn / native / innate ability — врождённая, природная способность

- climbing ability
- cross-country ability
- germinating ability
- spring ability
2) умение (что-л. делать); квалификация; ловкость

ability in doing smth. / to do smth. — ловкость в каком-л. деле

ability to write well — владение слогом

an ounce of ability — зачаточные навыки

to do smth. to the best of one's ability — стараться изо всех сил

to demonstrate / display / exhibit / show ability — проявлять способности, демонстрировать умение

to treat smth. with ability — умело справляться с чем-л.

to appreciate / recognize ability — ценить способность

Each man will be paid according to his ability. — Каждому рабочему будут платить в соответствии с его квалификацией.

3) обычно мн. талант, дарование

abilities for music — музыкальные способности

intellectual abilities — умственные способности

creative abilities — созидательные, творческие способности

exceptional abilities — экстраординарные способности

marginal abilities — очень небольшие способности

to be possessed of great abilities — быть одарённым

a person of great abilities — человек с большими способностями

a man of small abilities — человек со способностями ниже среднего, немного стоящий в профессиональном плане

abilities above the ordinary — неординарные способности, талант

The success attests his ability. — Подобный успех свидетельствует, что у этого человека талант.

4) юр. компетенция, правоспособность

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. (K. Marx) — От каждого - по способностям, каждому - по потребностям.

Англо-русский современный словарь. 2014.

Смотреть что такое "ability" в других словарях:

  • Ability — may be: * aptitude * ability to pay * Intelligence * physical ability * skill * expertiseAbility: The way to do something.Ability may also refer to: * Ability score, in role playing games * Ability Plus Software, makers of the office suite… …   Wikipedia

  • ability — I noun ableness, adaptability, adeptness, adequacy, aptitude, aptness, capability, capacity, competence, competency, enablement, facultas, faculty, fitness, fittedness, ingenium, mastership, mastery, potentiality, potestas, proficiency, prowess,… …   Law dictionary

  • ability — ability, capacity, capability are often confused in use. Ability primarily denotes the quality or character of being able (as to do or perform) and is applied chiefly to human beings. Capacity in its corresponding sense means the power or more… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ability — A*bil i*ty ([.a]*b[i^]l [i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Abilities} ([.a]*b[i^]l [i^]*t[i^]z). [F. habilet[ e], earlier spelling habilit[ e] (with silent h), L. habilitas aptitude, ability, fr. habilis apt. See {Able}.] The quality or state of being able;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ability — UK US /əˈbɪləti/ noun [C or U] ► the power or skill needed to do something, or the fact that someone is able to do something: »There s no doubting her ability. the ability to do sth »A good leader has the ability to motivate people. »We like our… …   Financial and business terms

  • -ability — suffix expressing ability, fitness, or capacity, from L. abilitas, forming nouns from adjectives ending in abilis (see ABLE (Cf. able)). Not etymologically related to ABILITY (Cf. ability), though popularly connected with it …   Etymology dictionary

  • ability — [n1] power to act, perform aptitude, capability, capacity, competence, competency, comprehension, dexterity, endowment, facility, faculty, intelligence, might, potentiality, qualification, resourcefulness, skill, strength, talent, understanding;… …   New thesaurus

  • -ability — [ə bil′ə tē] [L abilitas: see ABLE & ITY] suffix forming nouns a (specified) ability, capacity, or tendency …   English World dictionary

  • -ability — [əbılıti] suffix also ibility [: Old French; Origin: abilité, from Latin abilitas, from abilis; ABLE] makes nouns from adjectives ending in ↑ able and ↑ ible ▪ manageability ▪ suitability …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • -ability — [ ə bıləti ] suffix used with adjectives ending in able to make nouns meaning a particular quality: suitability dependability …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ability — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. ableté expert at handling (something), from L. habilitatem (nom. habilitas) aptitude, noun of quality from habilis easy to manage, handy (see ABLE (Cf. able)). One case where a Latin silent h failed to make a return in… …   Etymology dictionary

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