Definition of skill in English:

skill

noun

mass noun
  • 1The ability to do something well; expertise.

    ‘difficult work, taking great skill’
    • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His success since then has been a tribute to his political skill and ability.’
    • ‘Newman's skill lies in his ability to mix serious political points with popular culture and the surreal.’
    • ‘He has bags of skill and masses of experience, which is very important.’
    • ‘The coaches pick these players on the basis of their talent, skill and ability to work as a team.’
    • ‘As if he hadn't heard her, he continued to steer the car, maneuvering it with expert skill.’
    • ‘They are asking for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that reflects their expertise and skill.’
    • ‘The trick is to take as interesting route as you can, given your skill, imagination and ingenuity.’
    • ‘British hangmen, we were told, took pride in their skill and efficiency.’
    • ‘She covers this with deft skill and a versatile voice that can sweetly caress or swoop with camp theatrical grandeur.’
    • ‘The next most important thing that comes though is to pass on one's skill and experience.’
    • ‘You can be as determined as you like but you have to have ability and skill as well.’
    • ‘He is a player of real talent and skill and has the ability to make a real and lasting impression at the highest level.’
    • ‘I have seen the staff of the NHS who show not just skill and expertise but love, care and friendship.’
    • ‘We ensured a high level of skill and expertise on the board that would set the water plan.’
    • ‘I marvel at the almost boundless ingenuity and skill of mankind sometimes.’
    • ‘He has everything: height, strength, skill and the ability to hold the ball under pressure.’
    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. 1.1count noun A particular ability.
      ‘the skills of cookery’
      • ‘Handicapped school children in south Florida learn problem-solving skills by playing chess.’
      • ‘I went from teaching literacy to teaching flying skills to teaching computer literacy skills.’
      • ‘Students need to acquire cognitive skills along the way.’
      • ‘Psychologists often stress the fact that juvenile delinquents lack the social skills needed to solve interpersonal problems.’
      • ‘Subjects retained many Web skills from the computer skills workshop.’
      • ‘After a comprehension check, follow with some literacy skill development.’
      • ‘No new negotiation, communication, or problem-solving skills are learned.’
      • ‘Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.’
      • ‘One of my strengths is possessing the organizational skills needed to know where every detail came from.’
      • ‘The fact is those linguists who are engaged in real intelligence missions requiring their language skills are better qualified.’
      • ‘They will lack the language skills in either English or Mandarin to become professional workers in either cultural world.’
      • ‘Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The position allowed her to begin honing her leadership skills.’
      • ‘Also, thanks to John Hatton for sharpening my technical writing skills.’
      • ‘Because of that, all of these transferable skill sets actually don't get to play out in the workplace.’
      • ‘Tasks like the analysis of slave spirituals give them an opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills.’
      • ‘A child swinging with abandon about a jungle gym is honing his gross motor skills.’
      • ‘The greatest disparity in performance between the two tests occurred in students with high literacy skill levels in both languages.’
      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’
    • ‘Government should be skilling up the wider industrial relations community - not dumbing it down.’
    • ‘Indeed, older Australians in general must not be neglected in our push to skill the nation.’
    • ‘This perspective on information flow, skilling, and deskilling provides a basis for examining the case of GM cotton in India.’
    • ‘They should be able to contribute basic information on new technologies that is important in the skilling process.’
    • ‘Alexander's new job is to tub-thump for more business start-ups, better training, better skilling, raising our business horizons.’
    • ‘‘We are in the middle of a skills shortage, NAB should be employing, training and skilling Australians,’ says Noye.’
    • ‘But does he really believe one of the main problems facing the central belt is over - 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?’
    • ‘The India case shows how susceptible to political manipulation the cultural agricultural practices become when skilling is disrupted.’
    • ‘In these agricultural systems, skill is much more than information control; it is better characterized as performance based on the process of skilling.’
    • ‘We're not talking about de-skilling, we're talking about multiskilling, or double or treble skilling.’
    • ‘That means they were in a skilling framework that set them up for the rest of their lives.’
    • ‘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/