The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
transitive verb de·skilled, de·skill·ing, de·skills
- To eliminate the need for skilled labor in (an industry), especially by the introduction of high technology.
- To downgrade (a job or occupation) from a skilled to a semiskilled or unskilled position.