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knack

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noun \ˈnak\

Simple Definition of knack

  • : an ability, talent, or special skill needed to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of knack

  1. 1 a :  a clever trick or stratagem b :  a clever way of doing something

  2. 2 :  a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach

  3. 3 archaic :  an ingenious device; broadly :  toy, knickknack

Examples of knack in a sentence

  1. <she's tried every knack in Cupid's book to get her guy to marry her>

  2. <a jazz musician with an incredible knack for improvisation>



Origin and Etymology of knack

Middle English knak


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of knack

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.

KNACK Defined for Kids

knack

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noun \ˈnak\

Definition of knack for Students

  1. 1 :  a natural ability :  talent <She has a knack for making friends.>

  2. 2 :  a clever or skillful way of doing something :  trick <Skating is easy once you get the knack.>





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