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noun competence pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑmpɪtəns/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the ability to do something in a satisfactory or effective way

    He demonstrated thorough competence in dealing with the issues.

    1. b.
      [countable] a skill needed for doing a particular job or carrying out a particular task

      The research looks at ways of improving student communicative competences through teaching in English.

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a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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