skill Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “skill” in the English Dictionary

"skill" in British English

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skillnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /skɪl/
B1 an ​ability to do an ​activity or ​job well, ​especially because you have ​practised it: Ruth had/​possessedgreat writing skills. I have no skill at/insewing.
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(Definition of skill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"skill" in American English

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skillnoun [C/U]

 us   /skɪl/
a ​specialability to do something: [C] Schools often do not ​providestudents with ​marketable skills. [U] He ​lacked skill as a ​painter.
adjective  us   /skɪld/
Many ​companiesdepend on skilled ​labor.
adjective  us   /ˈskɪl·fəl/
Kraft was a skillful ​composer.
adverb  us   /ˈskɪl·fə·li/
Some ​students are ​unable to use ​dictionaries skillfully.
(Definition of skill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"skill" in Business English

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uk   us   /skɪl/ WORKPLACE, HR
[C, usually plural] a particular ​ability that you ​develop through ​training and ​experience and that is useful in a ​job: communication/​interpersonal/​negotiation skills Many young ​people have never learned the basic skill of good skills A ​growingpart of the charity's ​work is ​providingbusiness skills to ​developingeconomies.improve/sharpen/upgrade skills Improving your ​computer skills can ​help you ​find higher-paid ​work. We are facing a ​growing skills ​shortage in ​sciences. leadership/​management/​organizational skills analytical/practical/​technical skills have/​possess/​lack skills acquire/​develop/learn skills apply/use skills
[C or U] an ​ability to do an ​activity well, especially because you have ​practised it: He ​brings his considerable skill and ​expertise to the role.
(Definition of skill from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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