Definition of know-how in English:



  • Practical knowledge or skill; expertise.

    ‘technical know-how’
    • ‘These guys are doing the best they can, but they don't have the same expertise and know-how.’
    • ‘They are a talented team with a varied brand of footballing skill and know-how.’
    • ‘Labour skills and technological know-how are crucially important.’
    • ‘That's why big clubs want big name managers with plenty of experience, gravitas and know-how.’
    • ‘Such partners would also be a valuable source of professional know-how.’
    • ‘BE has the experience, creativity, market know-how, and track record to succeed in this difficult market.’
    • ‘Adrenaline junkies can jump right into competition with little or no vehicle know-how.’
    • ‘Why not put all that style know-how to good use with a career as a fashion stylist?’
    • ‘Although Ghana matched Italy for the first half an hour, the Italians' extra skill and know-how told in the end.’
    • ‘The event will highlight the wide range of academic, commercial and technical know-how available to firms.’
    • ‘He had the contacts and know-how to turn her vision into reality.’
    • ‘If you have the technical know-how, you might be able to do better for the price.’
    • ‘With a long proud history in F1, the team has the experience and know-how that it takes to thrive in grand prix racing.’
    • ‘Jackson will not have an official coaching role at the club but hoped his know-how could rub off on his team-mates.’
    • ‘The contract was trumpeted as a way of injecting investment and commercial know-how into the public sector.’
    • ‘The research reveals a severe lack of basic cookery know-how.’
    • ‘Without the skill and know-how of the wine-growers and wine-makers there would be no great wines.’
    • ‘There had been long-haul adventures to Sri Lanka and South Africa, so Jane was not without travel know-how.’
    • ‘Keighley people are to pass on their parenting know-how to help other mums and dads.’
    • ‘Moreover, do you have the money and the business know-how to get off the ground?’
    knowledge, expertise, skill, skilfulness, expertness, proficiency, understanding, mastery, art, accomplishment, technique
    ability, capability, competence, capacity, adeptness, dexterity, deftness, aptitude, adroitness, ingenuity, faculty, knack, talent, gift, flair, bent
    savoir faire
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