AskDefine | Define skill

Dictionary Definition



1 an ability that has been acquired by training [syn: accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment]
2 ability to produce solutions in some problem domain; "the skill of a well-trained boxer"; "the sweet science of pugilism" [syn: science]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /skɪl/, /skIl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl


  1. capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.



capacity to do something well


Extensive Definition

A skill is the learnt capacity or talent to carry out pre-determined results often with the minimum outlay of time, energy, or both. Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, self motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be useful only for a certain job. Skill often depends on numerous variables.
skill in Arabic: مهارة
skill in Catalan: Habilitat
skill in Czech: Schopnosti
skill in Danish: Færdighed
skill in German: Fertigkeit
skill in Modern Greek (1453-): Δεξιότητα
skill in Spanish: Habilidad
skill in French: compétence
skill in Hebrew: מיומנות
skill in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Habilitate
skill in Icelandic: Hæfni
skill in Italian: Abilità
skill in Lithuanian: Gebėjimas
skill in Dutch: Vaardigheid
skill in Japanese: スキル
skill in Portuguese: Habilidade
skill in Russian: Умение
skill in Sicilian: Abbilitati
skill in Simple English: Skill
skill in Serbian: Способност
skill in Finnish: Taito
skill in Swedish: Färdighet
skill in Ukrainian: Вміння
skill in Yiddish: טאלאנט

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Mnemosyne, ability, accomplishment, adeptness, adroitness, affect memory, anterograde memory, aptitude, art, artistry, ascendancy, atavism, capability, cleverness, collective memory, command, computer memory, craft, cunning, deanship, deftness, dexterity, dexterousness, disk memory, drum memory, ease, emotional response, engram, excellence, experience, expertise, expertism, expertness, facility, faculty, favor, finesse, forte, gift, greatness, handiness, incomparability, information storage, ingenuity, inimitability, kinesthetic memory, knack, know-how, lead, majority, mastership, mastery, mechanics, mechanism, memory, memory bank, memory circuit, memory trace, method, mind, mneme, one-upmanship, precedence, predominance, predomination, preeminence, preponderance, prepotence, prepotency, prerogative, prestige, priority, privilege, proficiency, prowess, quickness, race memory, readiness, recollection, remembrance, right-of-way, science, screen memory, seniority, skillfulness, sleight, souvenir, strength, success, superiority, talent, tape memory, technic, technical know-how, technical knowledge, technical skill, technics, technique, technology, transcendence, transcendency, verbal response, virtuosity, visual memory
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