Definition of competence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmpɪtəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmpɪtəns//
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  1. 1(less frequent competency) [uncountable, countable] competence (in something) | competence (in doing something) the ability to do something well to gain a high level of competence in English professional/technical competence opposite incompetence
  2. 2[uncountable] (law) the power that a court, an organization or a person has to deal with something The judge has to act within the competence of the court. outside somebody’s area of competence
  3. 3[countable] (less frequent competency) (specialist) a skill that you need in a particular job or for a particular task The syllabus lists the knowledge and competences required at this level.
  4. Extra examples He gradually developed the competence to deal with the more difficult cases. I’m afraid the work is beyond his competence. She shows a high level of technical competence. Students had questioned her competence as a teacher. The commission has no formal competence in cultural matters. The company’s core competence lay in engineering. The decisions come within the competence of the committee. This should be well within your competence. competence in English matters that fall outside the court’s competence The course is aimed at developing professional competence in language teachers. You will agree with us a personal learning contract, based on an assessment of personal competences in relation to career objectives.
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