To come up with: to find or produce an answer, a sum of money, etc.
Skill: an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it.
Gifted: having a lot of natural ability or intelligence.
To dare: to ask someone to do something which involves risk.
At the top of the heap: high up in the structure of an organisation or a society.
To range from… to: To vary within specified limits.
Subsequently: (formal) afterwards; later; after sthg else has happened.
To withdraw: to stop taking part in an activity or being a member of an organisation; to stop sby/sthg from doing these things.
Achievement: something very good and difficult that you have succeeded in doing.
Mastery: great knowledge about or understanding of a particular thing.
Preserve: (of sby) an activity, a job, an interest, etc. that is thought to be suitable for one particular person or group of people.
To mark out: to make people recognise sby as special in some way.
To seek – sought – sought: to try to find or get something, especially something which is not a physical object.
Underlying: real but not immediately obvious.
Bearer: a person who has knowledge of sthg, such as an idea or a tradition, and makes sure that it is not forgotten, by teaching others about it.
Accuracy: faithful measurement or representation of the truth; correctness; precision.
To rate: to judge the value or character of someone or something.
To lump: to put or consider different things together in the same group.
To gauge: to make a judgement about sthg, especially people’s feelings or attitudes. To calculate sthg approximately.
The latter: the second of two people, things or groups previously mentioned.
Embodiment: (formal) embodiment of sthg a person or thing that represents or is a typical example of an idea or a quality.
Spectrum: a range of opinions, feelings, etc.
Hopeless: completely without skill at a particular activity.
Gift: a special ability to do something.