Meaning of “skill” in the English Dictionary

"skill" in British English

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skillnoun [ C or U ]

uk /skɪl/ us /skɪl/

B1 an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it:

Ruth had/possessed great writing skills.
I have no skill at/in sewing.

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  • the skill of negotiating
  • His skill lies in his ability to communicate quite complex ideas very simply.
  • This job demands a high degree of skill.
  • He seems to lack basic conversational skills.
  • My job doesn't allow me to fully use my skills.

(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 special ability to do something:

[ C ] Schools often do not provide students with marketable skills.
[ U ] He lacked skill as a painter.
adjective us /skɪld/

Many companies depend 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 /skɪl/ us WORKPLACE, HR

[ C, usually plural ] a particular ability that you develop through training and experience and that is useful in a job:

Many young people have never learned the basic skill of good writing.
business/specialist skills A growing part of the charity's work is providing business skills to developing economies.
improve/sharpen/upgrade skills Improving your computer skills can help you find higher-paid work.
We are facing a growing skills shortage in sciences.
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)