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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: skil 'good judgment, knowledge'

skill

noun
     
skill S3 W1 [uncountable and countable]
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.
develop/acquire/learn a skill
opportunities to acquire new skills
with skill
The whole team played with great skill and determination.
technical/management/practical etc skill
the kinds of communication skills required of teachers
Students need to possess certain basic skills by the time they finish school.

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