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skill S2 W1 /skɪl/ noun [UNCOUNTABLE AND COUNTABLE]
[Word Family: noun: skill, deskilling; adjective: SKILFUL/SKILLFUL, skilled ≠ unskilled; verb: deskill; adverb: SKILFULLY/SKILLFULLY]
[date : 1100-1200; Language : Old Norse; Origin : skil 'good judgment, knowledge']
an ability to do something well, especially because you have learned and practised it ⇨ talent:
  ▪ Reading and writing are two different skills.
  ▪ Many jobs today require computer skills.
skill in/at
  ▪ He was valued for his skill in raising money for the company.
with skill
  ▪ The whole team played with great skill and determination.
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COLLOCATIONS
verbs
have a skill
  ▪ He didn’t have the right skills for the job.
learn a skill (also acquire a skill formal)
  ▪ People can acquire new skills while they are unemployed.
develop a skill
  ▪ We will give you the opportunity to develop your skills.
use a skill
  ▪ I am sure you can use your communication skills to get your message across.
require/take skill (=to need skill)
  ▪ It’s a difficult task, which requires skill and experience.
lack a skill (=not have a skill)
  ▪ He lacked both the skills and the confidence to take on the job.
hone a skill (=improve it)
  ▪ The course will help you hone your writing skills.
master a skill (=learn it so that your skill is very good)
  ▪ Many of these children have not mastered basic academic skills.
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + skill
great/considerable skill (=a lot of skill)
  ▪ He played with great skill.
good skills
  ▪ He’s got good management skills.
basic skills
  ▪ The basic skills can be acquired very quickly.
practical skills
  ▪ Students will have the opportunity to learn a lot of practical skills.
technical skills
  ▪ Good technical skills are not enough.
management skills
  ▪ She needs to develop her management skills.
computer/IT skills
  ▪ We’re looking for someone with good IT skills.
reading/writing skills
  ▪ Their reading skills are poor.
communication skills (=the ability to communicate well with people)
  ▪ The nurse must use her communication skills to help the patient feel at ease.
social skills (=the ability to get on well with people)
  ▪ Unsociable toddlers were found to have poor social skills later.
people/interpersonal skills (=the ability to deal with people)
  ▪ He wasn’t a good communicator and had no people skills at all.
language skills (=the ability to use a language)
  ▪ We need to hire people with useful language skills.
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THESAURUS
skill [UNCOUNTABLE AND COUNTABLE]an ability to do something well, especially because you have learned and practised it :
  ▪ He plays the piano with great skill.
  ▪ communication/language/computer etc skills
  ▪ The course will help you improve your communication skills.
talent [UNCOUNTABLE AND COUNTABLE]a natural ability to do something well which can be developed with practice :
  ▪ She was a young artist with a lot of talent.
  ▪ She showed a talent for acting from an early age.
  ▪ He is a man of many talents.
genius [UNCOUNTABLE]very great ability, which only a few people have :
  ▪ The opera shows Mozart’s genius as a composer.
  ▪ Picasso was a painter of genius.
gift [COUNTABLE]a natural ability to do something very well, which you were born with :
  ▪ You can see that he has a gift for the game.
  ▪ Winterson has great gifts as a writer.
flair [SINGULAR, UNCOUNTABLE]skill for doing something, especially something that needs imagination and creativity :
  ▪ The job does require some creative flair.
  ▪ She has a flair for languages.
expertise [UNCOUNTABLE]specialized knowledge of a technical subject, which you get from experience of doing that type of work :
  ▪ The technical expertise for building the dam is being provided by a US company.
a/the knack /næk/ [SINGULAR] informal a special skill for doing a particular thing, especially a simple everyday thing :
  ▪ Breadmaking is easy once you get the knack.
  ▪ He has a knack for making people feel relaxed.

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
analytical method/techniques/approach/skills
During the course, students will develop their analytical skills.
ball skills
Practising ball skills helps a child’s coordination.
communication skills
Most managers in business spend some time learning communication skills, so that they and their staff can understand each other.
coping skills
We help people learn coping skills to deal with these pressures.
Department For Innovation, Universities, and Skills, the
exceptional talent/ability/skill
He showed exceptional talent even as a youngster.
honing...skills
He set about honing his skills as a draughtsman.
Learning and Skills Council, the
people skills
A doctor needs people skills as well as technical knowledge.
social skills (=the ability to deal with people easily)
In school, the children also learn social skills.
survival skills
They learned survival skills from the local Indian tribe.
with consummate skill
De Gaulle conducted his strategy with consummate skill.
writing skills
a workshop to develop children's writing skills
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
ADJECTIVE
analytical
Dealing with capital account problems requires analytical and organisational skills which are very different from policing an overdraft.
Her superb analytical skills will find a less adversarial niche.
The emphasis is on the development of critical and analytical skills.
His excellent analytical skills were clearly apparent.
Ability to apply sound analytical skills to a creative process.
Some firms prefer candidates with business backgrounds because business courses emphasize quantitative analytical skills.
These professional advisers will need statistical and analytical skills as well as expertise in drug therapy.
Because of their quantitative and analytical skills, the demand for economics graduates is buoyant.
basic
There is, however, considerable concern amongst employers about basic skills including literacy and numeracy.
No one expects a newborn baby to go out and get a job before learning the basic life skills and getting schooling.
If you have followed the advice and tried the exercises you will understand a little better the basic skills of studying History.
One approach is to teach your child basic fitness skills early.
The emphasis was rather upon providing children with basic skills.
It also encourages people to become articulate, especially through group discussion, and places great emphasis upon the basic skills.
This manifests itself most obviously at the technical level where the same basic skills can be applied in different markets.
different
They began to see that they would have to develop different approaches and skills for handling relationships with different kinds of people.
A survey by the Engineering Industry Training Board found that the technology widened the gap between people with different levels of skills.
If a network is trained rather than programmed, a different set of skills will be required.
It is important to remember that labour is heterogeneous in the sense that different workers possess different skills and abilities.
Governing not only requires very different skills, it may also require different personnel.
The training had been successful, he said, in bringing about alignment of different skills and improving business understanding.
He or she has to have a very different skill set.
great
General Leclerc's troops had shown great skill and speed, Gracey said, but much unnecessary brutality.
They both worked hard and had great skill.
The tenants gain great skill and experience over the years in serving the public and in running their public houses.
Much of my great skill with dishes comes from this machine.
Yet beer - good beer - is a highly complex product and one that arguably needs greater skill to produce than wine.
Thinking on your feet is a great skill.
The construction of a written case demands perhaps even greater skills than the preparation of oral argument.
It's an exciting game that calls for great skill.
interpersonal
The tutor will provide instruction in methodologies involved in an investigation and in the interpersonal skills which may be required.
They too need to learn the problem-solving, decision-making, teamwork, and interpersonal skills necessary to both team and individual performance.
Much of Sue's outreach work is within an education setting, developing drama, music and interpersonal skills.
Still others claim that they lack the rhetorical or interpersonal skills to communicate honestly and openly.
Moss Kanter describes the personal and interpersonal skills she found in effective change makers.
Still, they had been promoted primarily for their technical competence, not their management or interpersonal skill.
Alongside the factual overview for managers, trainers are concerned to sharpen the managers' interpersonal skills.
Have I had the kinds of experiences that give conceptual and interpersonal skills?
necessary
If we do not provide sufficient places, the necessary skill will not be in the right place at the right time.
There is a labor force with all the necessary skills, and there are materials.
Strategically, a commitment to hiring minorities may require special efforts to train people who lack the necessary skills.
So, as a practising ornithologist, I wished to obtain the necessary skills.
Both should receive official sanction and both require in-service training opportunities to acquire the necessary skills.
Extrinsic feedback from the teacher is necessary during skill learning and early practice, until intrinsic feedback takes over.
What are the necessary skills for partnership?
new
Their conclusions run counter to any simple proletarianisation thesis about the effects of new technology on skill.
Initially, interviewers evaluate or test new employees' skills to determine their abilities and weaknesses.
They even took pride in developing new skills which enabled them to use difficult machines which inexperienced people could not use.
And these changes in context and assignment challenge us to develop new skills, new responses, and develop new views.
Having the minimum capability required to learn new skills, behaviors, and relationships.
Was it fear of not being able to perform as well at this new skill as they could with the composing-stick?
No introduction, training, or assistance in practicing new skills and behaviors in the real-time pursuit of performance.
particular
The Senator was a gifted demagogue, with particular skill in manipulating press and television.
A warrant officer is appointed, not commissioned, and specializes in a particular skill.
The use of particular skills in mining or property development may well yield good returns from abroad.
And these particular skills, in and of themselves, may not be so important.
Training in practical and particular ministerial skills is a secondary task.
But, unless you have a particular skill, it is essential to be flexible on both location and salary.
Each unit profile will need to describe grades with added information about particular skill needs.
Hospitals are often composed of groupings based around particular medical skills such as physiotherapy or radiology.
personal
Demands made on personal computing skills are minimal, and installation is simple.
General managers and top executives must have highly developed personal skills.
But its smooth running depended very much upon their personal skill and devotion.
Instead they hone their personal fighting skills and come in times of need to fight in small warrior bands.
Moss Kanter describes the personal and interpersonal skills she found in effective change makers.
Not only may the manager have insufficient personal skills to do everything, but also far too little time.
The next chapter on personal selling skills considers how to use this preparation in the actual selling situation.
Others will prefer a curriculum with no evident pattern beyond personal inclination or skills.
political
Mr Lott learned his political skills as a whip in both houses.
In short, the conversion process must operate with political skill and political will.
What happens if there is insufficient political skill or political will?
It demands considerable political skill, however, to manipulate it.
Like her husband, she has formidable political skills and impressive recuperative powers.
Many such leaders were locally well-known, even notorious, but had little political experience or skill, or even interest.
If Dole figures out how to take his vaunted inside political skills public, watch out.
practical
Saturday I made a patchwork cot cover by hand, I have good practical skills.
Both of them possessed the practical skills of ropework and carpentry to look after the raft properly and to teach the others.
Rather they were with practical home skills and formal qualifications.
State board licensing examinations vary, but they usually consist of written and oral parts and include a demonstration of practical skills.
Our research was on teaching pupils practical skills in Biology and Physics.
She taught People how to use public transportation, how to open a bank account and other practical skills.
professional
Creativity, employee commitment, investor patience and professional and trade skills are the other essential parts of the brew.
They lack the professional skills to do it themselves and can not afford to hire lawyers to do it for them.
This approach can only be created on the basis of managerial trust in the professional skills and attitudes of teachers.
It also provides professional skills in the use of radio, video and print media for religious, cultural and educational programming.
Where there are ordinands or members of staff with professional musical skills, they are used for teaching.
The books demystify language teaching theory, and provide invaluable background knowledge which will extend professional skills.
And it is an improvement which only they have the requisite professional skills and training to undertake.
In other words, management must continue to develop their own professional skills and sell them to the best bidder.
social
All this is quite generally true, it applies equally to motor skills, perceptual skills and social skills.
But the concern over work inhibition is not language; it is the development of social skills.
But where could social workers obtain skills which would qualify them to teach social work?
He went on to say that he believed women did have an advantage in deal making, because of our social skills.
To develop imagination and learn social skills.
Health and safety habits must be learned as well as recreational pastimes, social skills, and establishment of interpersonal relations.
They see individual achievement as rewarding for men, social skills as rewarding for women.
Her strengths are impressive: her competence in the world, her highly developed social skills, her humor, her warmth.
special
Walking requires no special skills or equipment.
FrontPage users can easily give their web sites special features that once required special programming skills.
You have special skills and experience which will help us to achieve our objective.
For this effect to occur, the care giver attending a laboring woman needs special skills and insights.
To climb up to it takes time nine or ten hours to get there and back - but no special skill or nerve.
After all, Gates has a special skill.
The Equity rules demand the use of actors unless a special skill or talent is required.
At its new restaurant, Darden executives vow, nothing in the menu will require special skills or complicated dishes.
specific
There will be no need to teach specific computer skills.
Be specific about your skills and experience.
This may be because no formal teaching sessions took place, and no specific assessment of skills occurred.
You must identify which jobs have to change and what specific new skills and behaviors the people in those jobs must learn.
Expert instruction for children in specific skill areas such as cookery, craft, sport?
This strategic transition required many people throughout the company to change specific skills, behaviors, and working relationships.
We don't ask for specific skills or qualifications - just commitment and initiative.
The focus on performance and work yielded additional insights about specific behavior and skill changes.
technical
Worm-lions, however, also demonstrate another technical skill.
Sometimes technical skills are more important than investigative ones.
Gasifiers require considerable technical skills for operation and maintenance.
They emphasized the technical knowledge and skills they had to impart to these people.
Some of the finest examples of technical skill are to be found among birds.
It would use new methods to teach traditional academic subjects and equip young people with technical skills.
However, those with serious technical and programming skills are always in big demand.
Recruiters also are targeting community college graduates with technical skills.
NOUN
communication
Fortunately, in the eighties we have begun to recognise that modern communication skills go far beyond the concept of advertising.
The city hired a consulting firm to rank the candidates on management and communication skills.
Voice over A course in communication skills at the force's training college in Berkshire.
Tact, diplomacy, flexibility, and communication skills are essential.
Many doctors feel that medical students still do not receive enough training in communication skills.
The Rams acted as facilitators, helping the Niners' offense work on its communication skills.
The absence of media chauvinism is testimony, Morris Matthews believes, to the women's communication skills.
Early on they amazed us with their valuable ideas and communication skills.
core
In designing the programme, we have tried to emphasise the vocational aspects of the core skills modules wherever possible.
They had a solid foundation in reading, writing, math, and other core skills.
In the school system, aspects of core skills were present in the Munn curriculum, introduced in the late 1970s.
This year, we've not had time to integrate teaching and assessment of core skills into vocational areas.
Learning activities have been designed to develop core skills such as analysing sources, recording evidence, and understanding chronology.
Next year, we will cover all of the core skills in two option columns, rather than three.
The schools would deliver core skills modules in the morning, and the college would deliver the other modules.
The core skill is the identifying and reducing these obstacles, freeing the group to reach its potential.
language
Mathematical and language skills unite in the understanding of logic and reasoning, an essential component of mature intelligence.
Children develop their language skills with reading and writing.
It aims to improve teacher effectiveness and emphasises the development of language skills and awareness through the co-operative exploration of teaching/learning problems.
Frustrated educators search for dramatic new ways to get at one root of the problem: language skills.
Foreign language skills would also be an asset.
Instead, he said, almost every child subjected to the computer animation and sound games rapidly learned normal language skills.
A recent job advert for travel representatives abroad asked for language skills and included signing in the list of useful languages.
They kept to themselves, however, and you could never be sure of either their language skills or their motives.
level
Her whole body does have the capacity for arousal-but bringing it all to the boil relies on your skill level.
Thus, Joe can increase his base pay by mastering more skill levels.
You will learn about your own individual fitness and skill levels and how you can improve these.
Cost of membership and instruction range from $ 100 to $ 250, depending on initial skill level.
You play against the computer which operates at a chosen skill level so you could have a chance of winning.
To change skill levels select the appropriate characteristic and press fire.
As our skill level increased over the days, so did the challenges.
Alongside a programme of raising skill levels is the need to dovetail an investment programme.
management
These management skills had been learnt through observation of other sisters rather than from formal management courses.
Changing consumer shopping patterns and lack of food management skills at the company subsequently led to below-expected results.
If it comes with the appropriate management skills it's a lot easier to raise the capital.
Manion had brought excellent project management skills to the organization along with his marketing expertise.
However sources at Next claim Tribble lacked management skills and suffered a vote of no confidence prior to his departure.
Career advancement and annual bonuses depended more on developing and deploying strategy skills than change management skills.
You may also be responsible for the supervision of staff and develop management skills.
And any opportunity to practice their people management skills was especially appreciated.
study
Enhance study skills in preparation for tertiary education 3.
In addition to counselling on particular personal problems, advice is available on aspects such as accommodation, study skills and careers.
Tuition in study skills and information retrieval methods especially electronic.
Much use will be made of the School Library where study skills will be learnt.
Our Skills Centre can help you with any personal study skill from time-management to overcoming dyslexia.
For some members of staff, study skills was what the ESSE/L Project was really all about.
In contrast, 4 Colleges and 1 Polytechnic offered language improvement, and 9 Colleges and 6 Polytechnics study skills.
VERB
acquire
You may be a newly appointed manager who needs to acquire management skills quickly.
Then develop a plan to acquire those skills.
The best method I have seen for acquiring this skill uses an impact pad.
Several students who started in January acquired enough skills to land summer jobs, Frezzo said.
Where training programmes are geared to the needs of older workers it has been demonstrated that they can successfully acquire new skills.
Both should receive official sanction and both require in-service training opportunities to acquire the necessary skills.
A general module which enables the student to acquire basic skills in group music making, using instruments and/or voices.
One does not need to acquire hermeneutical skills to appreciate the significance and personal challenge presented by the great truths of salvation.
develop
One of the ways in which the children at the school develop their computer skills is by keeping weather and farm records.
It was during that time that she developed her photography skills, to document conditions in the shops.
As we have said, you can only develop a skill by practising it.
Certainly, all children must develop coping and survival skills.
Many companies have developed technical skills in-house, and no longer rely on dealer backup.
Gender-specific issues will also be addressed, along with workshops to develop problem-solving skills and to promote equality for women.
It helped to develop skills of cooperation and communication.
Now you just have to develop skills to master a 64-team tournament.
hone
So Jorge Sampaio should have plenty of time to hone his speech-writing skills.
Mark accepted this and used the waiting period to improve relationships and hone his skills.
Instead they hone their personal fighting skills and come in times of need to fight in small warrior bands.
The course is specifically designed to hone their skills to a professional level.
This will improve your document while helping you hone your skills into professional quality.
So, out of love For my straight sisters, I want to hone your skills until they're razor-sharp.
Malkmus and Steve Kannberg, the principal songwriters of Pavement, have honed their skill to razor sharpness.
improve
Keeping up to date, helping to improve skills for the off-farm job, and making contact with other farmers were other minor responses.
I came here to improve on my soccer skills.
Consider whether lawyers need to improve their typing skills.
Player ratings and statistics change as the players learn and improve their skills with playing experience.
The main conclusion to be drawn here is that the way to aid slow readers is to improve their word-recognition skills.
After all, you can correct the problems and improve your skills with a little practice.
As you complete more games and improve your skills the game gets more difficult, the Klingons get more intelligent.
Dan was successful in completing his art projects and he consistently worked hard to improve his excellent soccer skills.
learn
So too is disciplined listening, and those guiding others should learn some of the skills of pastoral counselling.
To learn new skills, I worked my way from one lab to another over much of a decade.
Mr Lott learned his political skills as a whip in both houses.
In the best programs, 3-and 4-year-olds learn social skills, how to share and get along.
The truth is that learning new skills does take time, and progress may appear to be very slow.
Workers face a world in which they must continue to learn new skills across a lifetime.
Yet on very busy days the students will be under stress and unable to concentrate on learning new skills.
Boyhood pledges and rites of passage, boy pages learning skills of survival from men of iron.
need
It is you they need, and your skills they must be prepared to help you to adapt and improve.
You may be a newly appointed manager who needs to acquire management skills quickly.
Teams do not need all the required skills up front.
Dealing with people like the dismissed Alexander Korzhakov may, in any case, need skills of a different kind.
Maybe you need actual job skills, such as better computer training or a course in direct mail marketing.
Neither the authority nor general practitioners can be efficient purchasers in isolation - they need each other's skills and experience.
What I need are skills to abate my reactions to her anger.
possess
She'd never have suspected the Viking of possessing culinary skills.
Similarly, it is possible for individuals to possess weak skills in reading or math while also being work-inhibited.
It is important to remember that labour is heterogeneous in the sense that different workers possess different skills and abilities.
Counselors within school systems and psychotherapist5 in the community possess the knowledge and skills to assist students, parents, and teachers.
Individuals who possess certain skills may also find their power diminished if those skills are made redundant by developments in new technology.
The good news is that anyone who possesses information and learning skills is likely to find a job, old-boy networks not withstanding.
Similarly, professional groups possessing key skills can often rely on employers' dependence upon them.
Both of them possessed the practical skills of ropework and carpentry to look after the raft properly and to teach the others.
require
Walking requires no special skills or equipment.
Teams do not need all the required skills up front.
It is backbreaking, monotonous and requires skill.
FrontPage users can easily give their web sites special features that once required special programming skills.
This requires new skills and ideas.
Dad was to bring Mama her breakfast, since that required a minimum of skill to prepare.
Using Pharos does not require computing skills.
Having the minimum capability required to learn new skills, behaviors, and relationships.
show
The articles show the bravery, skill and commitment that is needed by each of the lifeboat crews.
He showed the skill during the mayoral campaign.
Often these activities have given you experience or show you have proven skills in areas other than your paid work.
He has shown some athletic skills but needs consistency.
General Leclerc's troops had shown great skill and speed, Gracey said, but much unnecessary brutality.
Such a very fine performance goes to show that some skills are not redundant.
He has taken longer than expected to show some of the skills and pace expected.
teach
We can no longer assume that because some one can do the job they can teach the skill.
It has added courses in its industrial engineering and automotive divisions that teach more advanced skills.
He was very keen on travel, and he'd taught himself circus skills.
Successful programs teach students basic skills to help them say no to drugs.
One way of doing this is to accuse teachers of failing to teach relevant skills and attitudes.
Like Sinclair, Tri-County is teaching more advanced skills to students who do arrive on campus better prepared.
Our research was on teaching pupils practical skills in Biology and Physics.
Youths are taught nutrition-related skills, enabling them to improve the adequacy of their diets.
use
He rejected a career in Munich, preferring to use his skill, he hoped, to impress oriental rulers.
It is of course possible to be an effective manager without coaching but by using this skill you can achieve even better results.
It would also be helpful to write in the left-hand margin where you used the skills.
He wanted a quick change into something where he could use his personality and skills.
This is the power; to use it is the skill.
Could we redesign companies in a completely new light using the negotiation skills and information-filtering of intelligent agents?
Because you use these skills automatically you probably will not be aware of the large number of transferable skills you possess.
write
Because of educational difficulties, many deaf people, though intelligent, have poor reading and writing skills.
They even helped some of their guards improve their reading and writing skills.
The Resource Book concentrates on grammar and writing skills.
Write a paragraph about a teacher who inhibited your writing skill.
On the other days there is a writing skills class to attend.
Perhaps he or she was a junior high school teacher who once commented that your writing skills were far below average.
Why are letters so important and what makes letter writing such a key skill?
Workers will need a level of writing skill that will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
core curriculum/subjects/skills etc
And it was certainly an improvement on my thoughts about the core curriculum.
Every student must pass through an extensive core curriculum, including courses such as World Humanities 101.
In designing the programme, we have tried to emphasise the vocational aspects of the core skills modules wherever possible.
In schools that expect all students to take a core curriculum, students achieve more.
In the school system, aspects of core skills were present in the Munn curriculum, introduced in the late 1970s.
Once in the classroom the teacher is restricted by the core curriculum and general workload and lack of equipment.
This could be construed as a tailor-made curriculum, which can not be developed into a generic or core curriculum.
upgrade your skills
Admittedly, these subordinates had to show some personal initiative to upgrade their skills.
They were offered Saturday courses, combined with distance learning materials, to upgrade their skills.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Being a good manager requires a number of highly specialized skills.
Marcia's computer skills were not good enough for the job.
Most of us learn the knowledge and skills needed to drive a car fairly easily.
On the course you will develop skills in business management.
Price handles the role of the angry wife with great skill.
The Australians played with great skill and determination.
These exercises develop the student's reading and writing skills.
You have to be able to learn new skills quickly.
You need computer skills for most office jobs.
You need good communication skills for this job.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
At a later stage the study will be extended to differences in office skills.
He had hoped to repeat his successes of 1985 and 1987, but could not contain the accurate drawing skills of King.
He honed his pilots' aerial skills to so fine a point that their kill ratio reached ten to one.
In addition, managers often can build organizational skills by hiring new people instead of getting existing people to learn and change.
In the primary grades, teachers put emphasis on language and reading skills.
The bird in this treatment would have the opportunity to learn the skill by imitation.

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