Meaning of “skilled” in the English Dictionary

"skilled" in British English

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skilledadjective

uk /skɪld/ us /skɪld/

B2 having the abilities needed to do an activity or job well:

My mother is very skilled at/in dressmaking.

Skilled work needs someone who has had special training to do it:

Nursing is a highly skilled job.

More examples

  • skilled labour
  • highly skilled work
  • Bricklaying is a skilled job.
  • You can't offer such a low salary to someone who is so highly skilled.
  • Average earnings for skilled workers are rising.

skillednoun [ plural ]

uk /skɪld/ us /skɪld/

(Definition of “skilled” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"skilled" in Business English

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skilledadjective

uk /skɪld/ us HR, WORKPLACE

having the special abilities and experience to do a particular job well:

skilled employees/staff/workers The temporary visas are available for skilled foreign workers.
skilled negotiators/politicians/professionals
be skilled at/in doing sth The highly-successful supermarket giant is skilled at obtaining products cheaply.

skilled work needs to be done by someone who has had special training:

skilled labour/work This is highly skilled work - it can't be done by people we pull off the street.
the skilled [ plural ]

people who have been trained to do a particular job:

The United States and France are among those with time-limited visas for the skilled.

(Definition of “skilled” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)