Meaning of skill in English:


Pronunciation /skɪl/

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mass 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.’
    • ‘They are asking for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that reflects their expertise and skill.’
    • ‘As if he hadn't heard her, he continued to steer the car, maneuvering it with expert skill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is a player of real talent and skill and has the ability to make a real and lasting impression at the highest level.’
    • ‘The coaches pick these players on the basis of their talent, skill and ability to work as a team.’
    • ‘He will apply them with the benefit of his professional skill and experience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She covers this with deft skill and a versatile voice that can sweetly caress or swoop with camp theatrical grandeur.’
    • ‘He has bags of skill and masses of experience, which is very important.’
    • ‘Newman's skill lies in his ability to mix serious political points with popular culture and the surreal.’
    • ‘The next most important thing that comes though is to pass on one's skill and experience.’
    • ‘The trick is to take as interesting route as you can, given your skill, imagination and ingenuity.’
    • ‘Part of his skill lies in his ability to serve both the individual and collective response.’
    • ‘Young girls may boast good health but they lack experience, skill and tolerance.’
    • ‘He has everything: height, strength, skill and the ability to hold the ball under pressure.’
    • ‘I marvel at the almost boundless ingenuity and skill of mankind sometimes.’
    • ‘You can be as determined as you like but you have to have ability and skill as well.’
    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’
      • ‘Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.’
      • ‘Many Fortune 500 companies believe that basic communications skills training pays back significant dividends.’
      • ‘Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.’
      • ‘Also, thanks to John Hatton for sharpening my technical writing skills.’
      • ‘I went from teaching literacy to teaching flying skills to teaching computer literacy skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of my strengths is possessing the organizational skills needed to know where every detail came from.’
      • ‘A child swinging with abandon about a jungle gym is honing his gross motor skills.’
      • ‘The plan aims to teach young, low-income couples the interpersonal skills necessary for healthy marriages.’
      • ‘Students need to acquire cognitive skills along the way.’
      • ‘Children in south Florida learn problem-solving skills by playing chess.’
      • ‘No new negotiation, communication, or problem-solving skills are learned.’
      • ‘They will lack the language skills in either English or Mandarin to become professional workers in either cultural world.’
      • ‘The fact is those linguists who are engaged in real intelligence missions requiring their language skills are better qualified.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      accomplishment, strength, gift, forte
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[with object]mainly South Asian
  • Train (a worker) to do a particular task.

    ‘training firms are already seeing a boost from companies looking to skill employees in cloud technologies’
    • ‘Indeed, older Australians in general must not be neglected in our push to skill the nation.’
    • ‘Alexander's new job is to tub-thump for more business start-ups, better training, better skilling, raising our business horizons.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But does he really believe one of the main problems facing the central belt is over - skilling?’
    • ‘The India case shows how susceptible to political manipulation the cultural agricultural practices become when skilling is disrupted.’
    • ‘‘We are in the middle of a skills shortage, NAB should be employing, training and skilling Australians,’ says Noye.’
    • ‘In these agricultural systems, skill is much more than information control; it is better characterized as performance based on the process of skilling.’
    • ‘This perspective on information flow, skilling, and deskilling provides a basis for examining the case of GM cotton in India.’
    • ‘We're not talking about de-skilling, we're talking about multiskilling, or double or treble skilling.’
    • ‘Government should be skilling up the wider industrial relations community - not dumbing it down.’
    • ‘Scotland, he says, needs to address the skilling issue with haste.’
    • ‘The World of Warcraft site has some new details on the game's developing trade skilling system, and I'm a bit underwhelmed.’
    • ‘That means they were in a skilling framework that set them up for the rest of their lives.’
    • ‘They should be able to contribute basic information on new technologies that is important in the skilling process.’


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