skill set


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

Examples of skill set in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Haskell moved from fourth to second on the depth chart last season, possessing an athletic skill set that had many in the SDSU fan base eagerly anticipating his future as the starter. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Staff also need to know how to program the robots, a skill set that is lacking in the industry. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 1 Sep. 2022 That attribute and the ability to extend plays with his scrambling ability has drawn some comparisons to the skill set of Daniels. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2022 While team leader skills are more obvious, being an effective team member in one of these scenarios also requires a unique skill set. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Now considered the top young wannabe in the Bruins talent pipeline, along with Ohio State backliner Mason Lohrei (6-4/205), Lysell has a skill set, most of all his speed and shooting ability, that projects him as a potential top-six winger. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 6 Aug. 2022 Such a skill set has proved invaluable in comedians like Christina Catherine Martinez from other corners of the art form. Jake Kroeger, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Artists and architects or anyone with a similar skill set are encouraged to submit a design proposal, the commission said. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 May 2022 In the eighth inning, even as his pitch count reached 118, Greene showed a unique skill set. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 15 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skill set

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Skill set.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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