Skill meaning

skĭl
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The definition of a skill is a talent or ability that comes from training or practice.

An example of skill is the capability to produce fine works of art.

An example of skill is basket weaving.

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Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.
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Knowledge, understanding, or judgment.
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A reason; a cause.
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To matter, avail, or make a difference.
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(chiefly dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
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(intransitive) To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
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(UK, slang) Great, excellent.
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(intransitive) To have personal or practical knowledge; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
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Great ability or proficiency; expertness that comes from training, practice, etc.
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To set apart; separate.
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(intransitive, archaic) To make a difference; signify; matter.
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Origin of skill

  • Middle English skil from Old Norse discernment skel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English skilen (also schillen), partly from Old English scylian, scielian (“to separate, part, divide off"); and partly from Old Norse skilja (“to divide, separate"); both from Proto-Germanic *skilōnÄ…, *skiljanÄ… (“to divide, limit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skille (“to separate, discard"), Swedish skilja (“to distinguish, differentiate, part"), Icelandic skilja (“to understand"), Dutch schelen (“to make a difference").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil (“a distinction, discernment, knowledge"), from Proto-Germanic *skilin (“separation, limit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skel (“a separation, boundary, divide"), Swedish skäl (“reason"), Dutch verschil (“difference") and schillen (“to sperate the outer layer (schil) from the product", verb).

    From Wiktionary