Definition of skill in English:

skill

noun

  • 1The ability to do something well; expertise.

    ‘difficult work, taking great skill’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Newman's skill lies in his ability to mix serious political points with popular culture and the surreal.’
    • ‘He has everything: height, strength, skill and the ability to hold the ball under pressure.’
    • ‘The trick is to take as interesting route as you can, given your skill, imagination and ingenuity.’
    • ‘The coaches pick these players on the basis of their talent, skill and ability to work as a team.’
    • ‘We ensured a high level of skill and expertise on the board that would set the water plan.’
    • ‘His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.’
    • ‘As if he hadn't heard her, he continued to steer the car, maneuvering it with expert skill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘British hangmen, we were told, took pride in their skill and efficiency.’
    • ‘His success since then has been a tribute to his political skill and ability.’
    • ‘He has bags of skill and masses of experience, which is very important.’
    • ‘He is a player of real talent and skill and has the ability to make a real and lasting impression at the highest level.’
    • ‘Part of his skill lies in his ability to serve both the individual and collective response.’
    • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
    • ‘They are asking for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that reflects their expertise and skill.’
    • ‘I marvel at the almost boundless ingenuity and skill of mankind sometimes.’
    • ‘She covers this with deft skill and a versatile voice that can sweetly caress or swoop with camp theatrical grandeur.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I went from teaching literacy to teaching flying skills to teaching computer literacy skills.’
      • ‘Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No new negotiation, communication, or problem-solving skills are learned.’
      • ‘Also, thanks to John Hatton for sharpening my technical writing skills.’
      • ‘Many Fortune 500 companies believe that basic communications skills training pays back significant dividends.’
      • ‘Because of that, all of these transferable skill sets actually don't get to play out in the workplace.’
      • ‘Subjects retained many Web skills from the computer skills workshop.’
      • ‘Tasks like the analysis of slave spirituals give them an opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills.’
      • ‘The fact is those linguists who are engaged in real intelligence missions requiring their language skills are better qualified.’
      • ‘One of my strengths is possessing the organizational skills needed to know where every detail came from.’
      • ‘Handicapped school children in south Florida learn problem-solving skills by playing chess.’
      • ‘After a comprehension check, follow with some literacy skill development.’
      • ‘Students need to acquire cognitive skills along the way.’
      • ‘Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.’
      • ‘The position allowed her to begin honing her leadership skills.’
      • ‘The plan aims to teach young, low-income couples the interpersonal skills necessary for healthy marriages.’
      accomplishment, strength, gift, forte
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

skill

/skil//skɪl/