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(Archaic) The condition or quality of being suitable; appropriateness.
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  1. (Archaic) The condition or quality of being suitable; appropriateness.
  2. A natural ability or talent
  3. An inherent ability, as for learning; a talent:
The ability to respond quickly and effectively to a new situation; use of the faculty of reason in solving problems, directing conduct, etc.
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  1. The ability to respond quickly and effectively to a new situation; use of the faculty of reason in solving problems, directing conduct, etc.
  2. (--- Psychol.) Measured success in using these abilities to perform certain tasks
  3. The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge:
The ability to contain, absorb, or receive and hold
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  1. The ability to contain, absorb, or receive and hold
  2. A legal qualification, such as age, that determines one’s ability to do something that has legal consequences (such as making a contract or getting married). Also called legal capacity.
  3. The power of receiving and holding knowledge, impressions, etc.; mental ability
Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group:
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  1. Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group:
  2. A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation:
  3. Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters:
Plural form of power
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The quality or condition of being potent.
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  1. The quality or condition of being potent.
  2. Inherent capacity for growth and development; potentiality.
  3. The state or quality of being potent, or the degree of this; power; strength
The quality that renders something desirable, useful, or valuable:
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  1. The quality that renders something desirable, useful, or valuable:
  2. A quantity of something that may be purchased for a specified sum or by a specified means:
  3. That quality of a person or thing that lends importance, value, merit, etc. and that is measurable by the esteem in which the person or thing is held
Any of various large units of weight or of money (the value of a talent weight in gold, silver, etc.) used in ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East, etc.
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  1. Any of various large units of weight or of money (the value of a talent weight in gold, silver, etc.) used in ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East, etc.
  2. A superior, apparently natural ability in the arts or sciences or in the learning or doing of anything
  3. A person or group of people having such ability:
Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation:
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  1. Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation:
  2. A talent or natural ability.
  3. The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing.
A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination:
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  1. A strong natural talent, aptitude, or inclination:
  2. Either of two spirits, one good and one evil, supposed to influence one's destiny
  3. A person having such capacity or ability
Distinctive elegance or style:
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  1. Distinctive elegance or style:
  2. (Obs.) Sense of smell; hence, keen, natural discernment
  3. A sense of what is stylish and striking
The quality of being ingenious; cleverness, originality, skill, etc.
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  1. The quality of being ingenious; cleverness, originality, skill, etc.
  2. Inventive skill or imagination; cleverness.
  3. An ingenious device, stratagem, etc.
A natural leaning or tendency; propensity
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  1. A natural leaning or tendency; propensity
  2. A framework transverse to the length of a structure, for supporting lateral as well as vertical loads
  3. Any of a genus (Agrostis) of dense, low-growing perennial grasses that spread by putting out runners and are often used for lawns and golf greens
One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power; a support or mainstay:
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  1. One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power; a support or mainstay:
  2. The state or quality of being strong; physical power or capacity:
  3. The ability to deal with difficult situations or to maintain a moral or intellectual position:
(Countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
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  1. (Countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  2. (Countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
  3. The power or ability to think, learn, judge, etc.; intelligence; sense
(Obs.) The power to do; ability to perform an action
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  1. (Obs.) The power to do; ability to perform an action
  2. Power or ability to do some particular thing; special aptitude or skill
  3. Any natural or specialized power of a living organism; sense
The knowledge that is acquired in this way.
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  1. The knowledge that is acquired in this way.
  2. The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding.
  3. The capacity for understanding ideas, facts, etc.
(Archaic) A clever trick.
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  1. (Archaic) A clever trick.
  2. A clever expedient or way of doing something
  3. A special talent or skill, especially one difficult to explain or teach:
Plural form of making
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  1. Plural form of making
  2. (Plural only) That which is needed for something: necessary ingredients.
(Plural only, informal) Intelligence; aptitude; mental capability.
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  1. (Plural only, informal) Intelligence; aptitude; mental capability.
  2. Plural form of brain
  3. (Plural only) The brain of one or more animals used as food.
The side of a coin having the principal design, often the profile of a political leader's head.
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  1. The side of a coin having the principal design, often the profile of a political leader's head.
  2. Freedom of choice or action:
  3. A person who leads, rules, or is in charge; a leader, chief, or director:
(US, idiomatic) Everything that is required.
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  1. (US, idiomatic) Everything that is required.
The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose:
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  1. The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose:
  2. Abilities, features, etc. not yet developed or utilized
  3. The power or ability to generate an outcome
The state, quality, or the fact of being eligible.
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  1. The state, quality, or the fact of being eligible.
Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
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  1. Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
  2. A specific ability or skill:
  3. Condition or quality of being competent; ability; fitness; specif., legal capability, power, or jurisdiction
The state or quality of being proficient; competence.
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  1. The state or quality of being proficient; competence.
The quality of being adept.
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The state or fact of knowing:
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  1. The state or fact of knowing:
  2. An awareness of factual information. Includes actual knowledge (positive or definite), personal knowledge (based on one’s own observation), and constructive knowledge (based on other circumstances). An awareness of factual information. Includes actual knowledge (positive or definite), personal knowledge (based on one’s own observation), and constructive knowledge (based on other circumstances).
  3. The body of facts, principles, etc. acquired through human experience and thought
Intensity, as of sound or light:
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  1. Intensity, as of sound or light:
  2. The state or quality of being strong; physical power or capacity:
  3. The ability to deal with difficult situations or to maintain a moral or intellectual position:
The condition or quality of being sufficient:
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  1. The condition or quality of being sufficient:
  2. Adequate means to live in modest comfort.
  3. Sufficient means, ability, or resources
Power or capacity to produce a desired effect; effectiveness.
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  1. Power or capacity to produce a desired effect; effectiveness.
Great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby
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  1. Great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby
  2. Skill or knowledge in a particular area.
  3. The skill, knowledge, judgment, etc. of an expert
Delicate sensitivity, esp. in aesthetics
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  1. Delicate sensitivity, esp. in aesthetics
  2. (Archaic) The sense of touch
  3. Acute sensitivity to what is proper and appropriate in dealing with others, including the ability to speak or act without offending.
(Carpentry) Joiner work, as the installation of doors, stairs, panels, etc., which completes the interior of a building
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  1. (Carpentry) Joiner work, as the installation of doors, stairs, panels, etc., which completes the interior of a building
  2. The reason for one's ruin; downfall:
  3. Anything used to give a desired surface effect, as paint, varnish, polish, wax, etc.
(Uncountable) Practical ability in some given field or practice, often as opposed to creativity or imaginative skill. [from 19th c.]
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  1. (Uncountable) Practical ability in some given field or practice, often as opposed to creativity or imaginative skill. [from 19th c.]
  2. Skill or command in a particular activity:
  3. The basic method for making or doing something, such as an artistic work or scientific procedure:
A special skill, art, or dexterity
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  1. A special skill, art, or dexterity
  2. An article or articles made by a process using manual skills
  3. Any occupation or avocation requiring special skills, especially manual ones, including carpentry, sewing, pottery, etc.
A developed talent or ability:
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  1. A developed talent or ability:
  2. (Obs.) Knowledge, understanding, or judgment
  3. An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body:
Artistic quality or craft:
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  1. Artistic quality or craft:
  2. Artistic quality, ability, or work
  3. Significant artistic skill.
The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.
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  1. The disposition to employ one's skill in an artful manner; craftiness; guile; artifice; skill of being cunning, sly, conniving, or deceitful.
  2. Practical skill employed in a secret or crafty manner; craft; artifice; skillful deceit.
  3. Practical knowledge or experience; aptitude in performance; skill, proficiency; dexterity.
The state or quality of being adept or skillful.
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  1. The state or quality of being adept or skillful.
Suitability; the quality of being apt or suitable
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  1. Suitability; the quality of being apt or suitable
  2. Disposition of the mind; propensity
  3. Quickness of apprehension; readiness in learning; docility
Skill in using one's mind; cleverness
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  1. Skill in using one's mind; cleverness
  2. Skill in using one's hands or body; adroitness
  3. Skill and grace in physical movement, especially in the use of the hands; adroitness.
Ease of doing or making; absence of difficulty
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  1. Ease of doing or making; absence of difficulty
  2. Something that facilitates an action or process:
  3. An arrangement in which a bank agrees to extend a service to a company, government, etc., esp. one in which a certain amount of credit can be drawn on as funds are needed
A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.
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  1. A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.
  2. (Uncountable) Skill in handling of a situation.
  3. (Bridge) An attempt to take a trick with a lower card while holding a higher card not in sequence with it, made in the hope that the intervening card is in the hand of the opponent who has already played
The status of master or ruler; control:
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  1. The status of master or ruler; control:
  2. Full command of a subject of study:
  3. Masterly ability; expert skill or knowledge
The property of being clever.
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  1. The property of being clever.
  2. Something clever, or done cleverly.
The characteristic of being deft.
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  1. The characteristic of being deft.
The quality of being handy
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  1. The quality of being handy
  2. The quality or state of being handy.
Activity that includes training, observation of practice, and personal participation
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  1. Activity that includes training, observation of practice, and personal participation
  2. Knowledge, skill, or practice resulting from this
  3. Active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill:
The quality or state of being ready
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  1. The quality or state of being ready
Skill or ingenuity
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  1. Skill or ingenuity
  2. Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill:
  3. Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse:
Vitality and intensity of expression:
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  1. Vitality and intensity of expression:
  2. Those resources, as petroleum, coal, gas, wind, nuclear fuel, and sunlight, from which energy in the form of electricity, heat, etc. can be produced
  3. The capacity for work or vigorous activity:
A person's experience, training, and education:
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  1. A person's experience, training, and education:
  2. (--- Computers) The environment in which programs operate that the user does not engage with directly:
  3. Music (in full background music) or sound effects used as a subordinated accompaniment to dialogue or action, as in movies
Alternative spelling of know-how.
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  1. Alternative spelling of know-how.
  2. The knowledge and skill to be able to (do something correctly)
Know-how
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  1. Know-how
  2. Shrewdness or understanding
  3. Practical understanding or shrewdness:
The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
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  1. The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
  2. A special or characteristic quality, skill, or manner
  3. A characteristic way of doing things:
The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose:
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  1. The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose:
  2. A talent or ability that has potential for development or use:
  3. Abilities, features, etc. not yet developed or utilized
The ability to do, make, or accomplish something; capability:
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  1. The ability to do, make, or accomplish something; capability:
  2. A legal qualification, such as age, that determines one’s ability to do something that has legal consequences (such as making a contract or getting married). Also called legal capacity.
  3. The ability to receive, hold, or absorb something:
Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
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  1. Sufficient means for a comfortable existence.
  2. (Linguistics) The knowledge that enables one to speak and understand a language.
  3. The ability to do something well or efficiently.
Competence.
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  1. Competence.
  2. A skill or ability.
(Archaic) What a person is trained to do
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  1. (Archaic) What a person is trained to do
  2. Power or ability to do some particular thing; special aptitude or skill
  3. A talent or natural ability for something:
Strength or power of any degree
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  1. Strength or power of any degree
  2. Great or superior strength, power, force, or vigor
  3. Physical strength:
The quality of being adept.
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The liberal arts (literature, music, philosophy, etc.) as distinguished from the sciences
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  1. The liberal arts (literature, music, philosophy, etc.) as distinguished from the sciences
  2. Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group:
  3. A skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation:
Ability to have and use; mastery
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  1. Ability to have and use; mastery
  2. (Comput.) A request entered by means of a keyboard, mouse, etc. to have a particular function performed
  3. Possession and exercise of the authority to command:
Any of various hobbies in which things are made by hand, including painting, origami, scrapbooking, etc.
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  1. Any of various hobbies in which things are made by hand, including painting, origami, scrapbooking, etc.
  2. Any occupation or avocation requiring special skills, especially manual ones, including carpentry, sewing, pottery, etc.
  3. A special skill, art, or dexterity
Skill or knowledge in a particular area.
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  1. Skill or knowledge in a particular area.
  2. Great skill or knowledge in a particular field or hobby
  3. The skill, knowledge, judgment, etc. of an expert
A trick; device
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  1. A trick; device
  2. Ability to do something easily; particular skill
  3. A special talent or skill, especially one difficult to explain or teach:
Masterly ability; expert skill or knowledge
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  1. Masterly ability; expert skill or knowledge
  2. Full command of a subject of study:
  3. The act of mastering (an art, science, etc.)
The state or quality of being proficient; competence.
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  1. The state or quality of being proficient; competence.
A developed talent or ability:
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  1. A developed talent or ability:
  2. An art, craft, or science, esp. one involving the use of the hands or body
  3. Ability in such an art, craft, or science
(Uncountable) Practical ability in some given field or practice, often as opposed to creativity or imaginative skill. [from 19th c.]
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  1. (Uncountable) Practical ability in some given field or practice, often as opposed to creativity or imaginative skill. [from 19th c.]
  2. The basic method for making or doing something, such as an artistic work or scientific procedure:
  3. Skill or command in a particular activity:
Alternative spelling of know-how.
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  1. Alternative spelling of know-how.
  2. (Informal) Knowledge of how to do something well; technical skill
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