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skill

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Pronunciation: /skɪl
 
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Definition of skill in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The ability to do something well; expertise: difficult work, taking great skill
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A particular ability: the skills of cookery
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
accomplishment, strength, gift, forte

verb

[with object] (usually as noun skilling) Back to top  
Train (a worker) to do a particular task: there is a lack of basic skilling
More example sentences
  • Indeed, older Australians in general must not be neglected in our push to skill the nation.
  • Alexander's new job is to tub-thump for more business start-ups, better training, better skilling, raising our business horizons.
  • And I think that is where the centre of the debate is: does record numbers in training necessarily equate with appropriate skilling of the nation?

Origin

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

Derivatives

skilless

1
adjective ( archaic )
Example sentences
  • We ran out of skilless jobs 20 years ago, there is nothing left for citizens let alone the invaders.
  • The Buster Douglas defeat was Tyson outside of his prime, Tyson at that point fought like a skilless headhunter and bully.

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