Definition of skill in English:

skill

noun

  • 1The ability to do something well; expertise.

    ‘difficult work, taking great skill’
    • ‘Newman's skill lies in his ability to mix serious political points with popular culture and the surreal.’
    • ‘Part of his skill lies in his ability to serve both the individual and collective response.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘British hangmen, we were told, took pride in their skill and efficiency.’
    • ‘You can be as determined as you like but you have to have ability and skill as well.’
    • ‘I have seen the staff of the NHS who show not just skill and expertise but love, care and friendship.’
    • ‘Young girls may boast good health but they lack experience, skill and tolerance.’
    • ‘We ensured a high level of skill and expertise on the board that would set the water plan.’
    • ‘The coaches pick these players on the basis of their talent, skill and ability to work as a team.’
    • ‘I marvel at the almost boundless ingenuity and skill of mankind sometimes.’
    • ‘His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.’
    • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
    • ‘The trick is to take as interesting route as you can, given your skill, imagination and ingenuity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are asking for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that reflects their expertise and skill.’
    • ‘His success since then has been a tribute to his political skill and ability.’
    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 A particular ability.
      ‘the basic skills of cooking’
      • ‘Also, thanks to John Hatton for sharpening my technical writing skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I went from teaching literacy to teaching flying skills to teaching computer literacy skills.’
      • ‘Because of that, all of these transferable skill sets actually don't get to play out in the workplace.’
      • ‘One of my strengths is possessing the organizational skills needed to know where every detail came from.’
      • ‘The position allowed her to begin honing her leadership skills.’
      • ‘Tasks like the analysis of slave spirituals give them an opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills.’
      • ‘Psychologists often stress the fact that juvenile delinquents lack the social skills needed to solve interpersonal problems.’
      • ‘Students need to acquire cognitive skills along the way.’
      • ‘Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.’
      • ‘Handicapped school children in south Florida learn problem-solving skills by playing chess.’
      • ‘The plan aims to teach young, low-income couples the interpersonal skills necessary for healthy marriages.’
      • ‘A child swinging with abandon about a jungle gym is honing his gross motor skills.’
      • ‘Subjects retained many Web skills from the computer skills workshop.’
      • ‘The greatest disparity in performance between the two tests occurred in students with high literacy skill levels in both languages.’
      • ‘After a comprehension check, follow with some literacy skill development.’
      • ‘Many Fortune 500 companies believe that basic communications skills training pays back significant dividends.’
      • ‘Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.’
      • ‘They will lack the language skills in either English or Mandarin to become professional workers in either cultural world.’
      accomplishment, strength, gift, forte
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

skill

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