Definition of skill in English:


Syllabification: skill
Pronunciation: /skil


1The ability to do something well; expertise: difficult work, taking great skill
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  • I have seen the staff of the NHS who show not just skill and expertise but love, care and friendship.
  • They are asking for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that reflects their expertise and skill.
  • As if he hadn't heard her, he continued to steer the car, maneuvering it with expert skill.
1.1A particular ability: the basic skills of cooking
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  • Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.
  • Many Fortune 500 companies believe that basic communications skills training pays back significant dividends.
  • Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.
ability, strength, gift;
(skills)skill set


late Old English scele 'knowledge', from Old Norse skil 'discernment, knowledge'.



( archaic )
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  • But it's amazing that our people in St Lucia leave school skill-less and expect to be managers immediately.
  • Though not skill-less, it is perfunctory at best.
  • Skill-less hockey players would still look skill-less, no matter how many cute camera tricks and CGI pucks the director implanted.

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