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to the best of (one's) ability

To the limit of one's skills, resources, or energy; as well as one is able to do. I tried to the best of my ability to secure a seat at the event, but it was impossible to find tickets. Police have been searching to the best of their abilities, but so far there has been no sign of the missing teenager.
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to the best of one's ability

as well as one is able. I did the work to the best of my ability. You should always work to the best of your ability.
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Clients often fail to think that although language and persuasive abilities are needed for such competitive positions as advertising manager and public relations work (a 60th percentile and above is required in both areas), the advertising person also generally has artistic and spatial skills as shown in Figure 1.
Self-esteem and self-concept are associated with self-perceptions of abilities.
Regardless, examining the discrepancies between the three areas of abilities, grades, and experiential activities is a major AE interpretation goal.
Development through the life stages can be guided, partly by facilitating the maturing of abilities, interests, and coping resources and partly by aiding in reality testing and in the development of self-concepts.
They only then begin to see that there is a link between their interests, skills, abilities, and their future success.
Work satisfactions and life satisfactions depend on the extent to which an individual finds adequate outlets for abilities, needs, values, interests, personality traits, and self-concepts.
They conducted large-scale studies of abilities, values, interests, and school subject proficiencies for workers and college and vocational-technical students-in-training.
children show no differences in math abilities or on tests of general knowledge, an important component of IQ scores, he says.
If Geary's theory holds, biologically secondary abilities probably encompass many of the cognitive skills tapped by g, Siegler asserts.
It's making us ask about the many specific cognitive abilities that make up intelligence.