Definition of skilled adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skɪld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪld//
    Describing jobs, Job skills and personal qualities
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  1. 1  having enough ability, experience and knowledge to be able to do something well a skilled engineer/negotiator/craftsman a shortage of skilled labour (= people who have had training in a skill) skilled in/at something/doing something She is highly skilled at dealing with difficult customers. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2  (of a job) needing special abilities or training synonym expert Furniture-making is very skilled work. opposite unskilled Wordfinderadministrative, freelance, managerial, manual, part-time, seasonal, skilled, temporary, voluntary, work See related entries: Describing jobs
  3. Extra examples Interviewing is a very skilled job. She wasn’t very skilled with the camera yet. They were skilled in the art of war. We have a shortage of technically skilled workers. a highly skilled workforce fully skilled craftsmen skilled at needlework skilled in the basic techniques He was a bookbinder, a very highly skilled craftsman. She’s highly skilled at dealing with difficult customers. Skilled workers can expect to earn pretty high wages after a few years. There’s a shortage of skilled labour. We need more skilled engineers.
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