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talent noun

ADJ. considerable, enormous, exceptional, extraordinary, formidable, genuine, great, major, outstanding, prodigious, rare, real, remarkable, special, tremendous, undoubted, unique | God-given, inborn, innate, natural, raw Hard work is important, but it is no substitute for raw talent. | hidden, undiscovered | mediocre | fresh, new The company is always looking out for new talent. | young | precocious | home-grown, local one of the few teams that relies on home-grown talent | top We are losing our top talent to other countries who pay more. | acting, artistic, creative, literary, managerial, musical, scientific, vocal, writing

VERB + TALENT have, possess The lad has undoubted talent. | demonstrate, display, reveal, show | flaunt, show off The banquet gave the chef a chance to flaunt his talents. | direct, redirect, turn After making her name as a singer, she turned her talents to acting. | discover, recognize, spot, unearth She has a keen eye for spotting talent. United have unearthed a real talent in this young defender. | build (on), cultivate, develop, harness, make the most of, nurture, realize, tap, use, utilize an effort to develop his creative talents to the full The theatre visits schools to tap young talent. | squander, waste His parents accused him of wasting his talents and abilities.

TALENT + VERB lie Her talents lay in organization.

TALENT + NOUN scout, spotter | competition, contest, show

PREP. of ~ He is a violinist of exceptional talent. | with/without ~ kids with musical talent | ~ for You have a natural talent for storytelling.

PHRASES a man/woman, etc. of many talents, a pool of talent Hollywood directors have a marvellous pool of acting talent to draw from. | a wealth of talent There is a wealth of talent out there in our schools.