Definition of know-how in English:



  • Practical knowledge or skill; expertise.

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