Definition of “deskill” - English Dictionary

“deskill” in British English

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deskillverb [ T ]

uk /ˌdiːˈskɪl/ us /ˌdiːˈskɪl/

to reduce the amount of skill that someone needs to do a particular job:

New technology has been used to deskill many jobs.

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

“deskill” in Business English

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deskillverb [ T ]

uk /ˌdiːˈskɪl/ us HR

to change the way a job is done so that less skill is needed to do it:

New technology has been used to deskill many jobs.

to reduce the level of skill that a worker has:

By this time mechanization had effectively deskilled many craftsmen.
deskilled
adjective

a deskilled workforce
deskilling
noun [ U ]

A creative approach to work may be lost as automation leads to deskilling.

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

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