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A Talent (or gift, or aptitude) is the skill that someone naturally has to do something that is hard. It is an ability that someone is born with. People say they are "born with a talent". It is a high degree of ability or of aptitude. Someone who has talent is able to do something without trying as hard as someone who does not have a talent. People may have a talent, or many talents, for music, dancing, acting, sports, or other skills. Someone who has talent is called talented. (For example: Mozart had a talent for music. He had a great talent. He was very talented.)

Even if someone has talent they still have to work very hard if they want to be very good at something. For example, Mozart still had to work very hard to be good at music.[1] Some people become quite good at something even if they do not have much talent, but if they are willing to work very hard at the skill. Some people do not use talents they have. People say they "waste their talent".

The Broadway musical Fame is about a group of talented young people in a dancing school.

The word talent used to mean a weight and a piece of money in Assyria, Greece and Rome. This is the sense in which it is used in the Bible in the parable of the five talents (Matthew, xxv, 14-30).

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