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

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Redmer says his experience and skills set him apart from his opponent. Alison Knezevich,, "GOP primary: Backed by governor, Al Redmer says he would bring executive experience to Baltimore County," 6 June 2018 Both are lanky, impactful defenders with developing offensive skill sets. Jeremy Woo,, "Lottery Picks, Key Returners and Summer League Storylines to Watch," 6 July 2018 That means a better paying job and rising skill sets for America. Amy Chance, sacbee, "'Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy," 2 July 2018 With amazing running ability, speed, and a powerful arm, Jackson is a rare talent who possesses a phenomenal skill set... Josh Katzenstein,, "Saints pick Florida State offensive tackle Rick Leonard in 4th round," 28 Apr. 2018 With amazing running ability, speed, and a powerful arm, Jackson is a rare talent who possesses a phenomenal skill set... Dan Labbe,, "How did the Browns do on Day 2 of the draft? (Video)," 28 Apr. 2018 But the problem is, both have similar skill sets as strong safeties whose expertise is working in the box, closer to the line of scrimmage. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins hope Minkah Fizpatrick can become playmaking safety," 27 Apr. 2018 Vanderbilt will help Sonne identify individuals' specific skill set; then the Precisionists match them with employers. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Billy and Jennifer Frist Are on a Mission to Help Autistic Adults Get Jobs," 8 May 2017 But while both professionals bring different skill sets to the table, there is also the potential for overlap and competing design ideas—which can lead to conflict. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Working with Architects," 23 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of skill set

1976, in the meaning defined above

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