Definition of skill in English:

skill

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The ability to do something well; expertise:

    ‘difficult work, taking great skill’
    • ‘We ensured a high level of skill and expertise on the board that would set the water plan.’
    • ‘Part of his skill lies in his ability to serve both the individual and collective response.’
    • ‘His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.’
    • ‘Young girls may boast good health but they lack experience, skill and tolerance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is a player of real talent and skill and has the ability to make a real and lasting impression at the highest level.’
    • ‘He has everything: height, strength, skill and the ability to hold the ball under pressure.’
    • ‘He has bags of skill and masses of experience, which is very important.’
    • ‘The next most important thing that comes though is to pass on one's skill and experience.’
    • ‘The coaches pick these players on the basis of their talent, skill and ability to work as a team.’
    • ‘Newman's skill lies in his ability to mix serious political points with popular culture and the surreal.’
    • ‘I have seen the staff of the NHS who show not just skill and expertise but love, care and friendship.’
    • ‘His success since then has been a tribute to his political skill and ability.’
    • ‘She covers this with deft skill and a versatile voice that can sweetly caress or swoop with camp theatrical grandeur.’
    • ‘The trick is to take as interesting route as you can, given your skill, imagination and ingenuity.’
    • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
    • ‘I marvel at the almost boundless ingenuity and skill of mankind sometimes.’
    • ‘You can be as determined as you like but you have to have ability and skill as well.’
    • ‘British hangmen, we were told, took pride in their skill and efficiency.’
    expertise, skilfulness, expertness, adeptness, adroitness, deftness, dexterity, ability, prowess, mastery, competence, competency, capability, efficiency, aptitude, artistry, art, finesse, flair, virtuosity, experience, professionalism, talent, cleverness, smartness, ingenuity, versatility, knack, readiness, handiness
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A particular ability:
      ‘the skills of cookery’
      • ‘The plan aims to teach young, low-income couples the interpersonal skills necessary for healthy marriages.’
      • ‘Many Fortune 500 companies believe that basic communications skills training pays back significant dividends.’
      • ‘I went from teaching literacy to teaching flying skills to teaching computer literacy skills.’
      • ‘Also, thanks to John Hatton for sharpening my technical writing skills.’
      • ‘A child swinging with abandon about a jungle gym is honing his gross motor skills.’
      • ‘Because of that, all of these transferable skill sets actually don't get to play out in the workplace.’
      • ‘The position allowed her to begin honing her leadership skills.’
      • ‘Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.’
      • ‘Tasks like the analysis of slave spirituals give them an opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills.’
      • ‘One of my strengths is possessing the organizational skills needed to know where every detail came from.’
      • ‘No new negotiation, communication, or problem-solving skills are learned.’
      • ‘The fact is those linguists who are engaged in real intelligence missions requiring their language skills are better qualified.’
      • ‘After a comprehension check, follow with some literacy skill development.’
      • ‘Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.’
      • ‘Subjects retained many Web skills from the computer skills workshop.’
      • ‘They will lack the language skills in either English or Mandarin to become professional workers in either cultural world.’
      • ‘Psychologists often stress the fact that juvenile delinquents lack the social skills needed to solve interpersonal problems.’
      • ‘The greatest disparity in performance between the two tests occurred in students with high literacy skill levels in both languages.’
      • ‘Students need to acquire cognitive skills along the way.’
      • ‘Handicapped school children in south Florida learn problem-solving skills by playing chess.’
      accomplishment, strength, gift, forte
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as noun skilling
  • Train (a worker) to do a particular task:

    ‘there is a lack of basic skilling’
    • ‘Alexander's new job is to tub-thump for more business start-ups, better training, better skilling, raising our business horizons.’
    • ‘That means they were in a skilling framework that set them up for the rest of their lives.’
    • ‘Government should be skilling up the wider industrial relations community - not dumbing it down.’
    • ‘We're not talking about de-skilling, we're talking about multiskilling, or double or treble skilling.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Indeed, older Australians in general must not be neglected in our push to skill the nation.’
    • ‘‘We are in the middle of a skills shortage, NAB should be employing, training and skilling Australians,’ says Noye.’
    • ‘They should be able to contribute basic information on new technologies that is important in the skilling process.’
    • ‘But does he really believe one of the main problems facing the central belt is over - skilling?’
    • ‘The India case shows how susceptible to political manipulation the cultural agricultural practices become when skilling is disrupted.’
    • ‘This perspective on information flow, skilling, and deskilling provides a basis for examining the case of GM cotton in India.’
    • ‘In these agricultural systems, skill is much more than information control; it is better characterized as performance based on the process of skilling.’
    • ‘The World of Warcraft site has some new details on the game's developing trade skilling system, and I'm a bit underwhelmed.’
    • ‘Scotland, he says, needs to address the skilling issue with haste.’

Origin

Late Old English scele ‘knowledge’, from Old Norse skil discernment, knowledge.

Pronunciation:

skill

/skɪl/