skill Definition

  • 1the ability to do something well, usually gained through training or experience
  • 2a particular ability or expertise in a given area

Using skill: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "skill" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He has great skill in playing the piano.

  • Example

    She learned the skill of negotiation through years of experience.

  • Example

    The job requires a certain level of skill and expertise.

  • Example

    The athlete's skills were on full display during the championship game.

skill Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for skill

Idioms Using skill

  • have a trick up one's sleeve

    to have a secret plan or strategy


    The experienced negotiator always has a few tricks up his sleeve to get the best deal.

  • to be familiar with the procedures and customs of a particular situation or environment


    It takes time to know the ropes of a new job, but with practice, you'll become more comfortable.

  • to learn the specialized skills and knowledge of a particular profession or industry


    The apprentice spent years picking up the tricks of the trade from the master craftsman.

Phrases with skill

  • life skills

    abilities necessary for daily life, such as cooking, cleaning, and managing finances


    The school offers classes on life skills to help students prepare for independent living.

  • social skills

    the ability to interact effectively with others, including communication, empathy, and cooperation


    Children develop social skills through play and interaction with peers.

  • transferable skills

    skills that can be applied in multiple settings or industries, such as problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership


    Employers value candidates with transferable skills because they can adapt to different roles and environments.


Summary: skill in Brief

The term 'skill' [skɪl] refers to the ability to do something well, often gained through training or experience. It can also refer to a particular ability or expertise in a given area. Examples include 'He has great skill in playing the piano.' and 'The job requires a certain level of skill and expertise.' The term extends into phrases like 'life skills,' 'social skills,' and idioms like 'have a trick up one's sleeve,' denoting secret plans, and 'know the ropes,' referring to familiarity with procedures.

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