An aptitude is something you're good at. A rock star might have an aptitude for energizing an audience, or for trashing his hotel room.

When you have a talent or do something well, people say that you have an aptitude for it. But you don't have to be born with an aptitude; you can also acquire your abilities. You are probably already well acquainted with this word, since the zillions of standardized tests you have taken in school are usually called aptitude tests.

Definitions of aptitude
  1. noun
    inherent ability
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    a lack of aptitude
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    inherent aptitude, instinct
    inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli
    capability, capableness, potentiality
    an aptitude that may be developed
    natural ability
    ability that is inherited
    (psychoanalysis) primitive instincts and energies underlying all psychic activity
    the capability of becoming perfect
    compass, grasp, range, reach
    the limit of capability
    endowment, gift, natural endowment, talent
    natural abilities or qualities
    the capability of becoming imperfect
    type of:
    ability, power
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
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