skill set

noun

Definition of skill set

: a set of skills especially : a collection of skills and abilities that can be applied to a professional or creative endeavor She chooses to pursue a position in public relations—"journalism's evil twin"—reasoning that it will require much the same "skill set" that a published writer has. — Alexandra Jacobs Cauchetier's skill set—he was both a high-wire documentarian and, in effect, a director of fictions—uniquely qualified him to share in the multifarious spirit of the New Wave. — Richard Brody

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After a season spent largely perched beyond the arc for Utah, Jerebko relished the chance to test the limits of his skill set, filling in at multiple positions, knocking down the occasional 3-pointer and setting screens. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Jonas Jerebko: An ability to stay ready defined Warriors forward’s season," 30 June 2019 The Colts have nothing if not significant potential in their backfield, from the untapped talents of Marlon Mack, to the short-yardage proficiency of Turbin and the tantalizing skill set of fourth-round pick Nyheim Hines. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Coach Tom Rathman challenging Colts running backs to get tougher," 16 May 2018 Meyer made that clear again last week, even when the skill sets of QB targets appear to shifting in a particular direction. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Inside Ohio State 2019 quarterback recruiting: Why the Buckeyes don't have a commit yet, what they're looking for," 2 Apr. 2018 Mismatches were a theme Tuesday that threaded together Nagy’s thoughts on new receiver Allen Robinson, the group of tight ends on the roster and the different skill sets of running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "10 things we learned about the Bears offense from Matt Nagy's media breakfast," 27 Mar. 2018 His skill set also makes sense playing off of Blake Griffin, who’s under contract through 2021-22 and whose presence will probably prevent Detroit from going full teardown. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 10.0: Anthony Davis Trade Shakes Up the Lottery," 17 June 2019 The new pieces will have to complement their versatile skill sets. Jeff Duncan, nola.com, "Pelicans have the right man in charge to execute Plan Z," 8 June 2019 For me, what is most gratifying is the ability to use my own skill set to help grow and inspire more philanthropy in Lake County. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Miah Armour, foundation director," 25 June 2018 McDaniels, who averaged 23.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals last season at Federal Way, displayed the versatile skill set that’s drawn favorable comparisons to Kevin Durant. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Washington commits keep recruiting 5-star Jaden McDaniels, but he’s still ‘taking my time’," 13 Apr. 2019

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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