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noun British English pronunciation: skill /skɪl/ 
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  1. [uncountable] the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training

    I admired the skill and dedication of the nursing staff.

    skill at/in:

    The committee needs someone who has some skill in financial planning.

    1. a.
      [countable] a particular ability that involves special training and experience

      The course helps people gain the skills they need to run a successful business.

      academic/technical/practical skills

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