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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Recent Examples on the Web Given his age and his skill set, Gomez figures to eventually fetch an attractive price from some team in a higher league. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "With just 4 goals in 5 games, Louisville City FC is left searching for an offensive boost," 31 July 2020 In fact, Smith finished 27th among off-ball linebackers (all linebackers excluding outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense) in pass-rush opportunities with 75, which is unacceptable given his skill set. John Owning, Dallas News, "3 Cowboys defenders who could thrive under DC Mike Nolan: Is LB Jaylon Smith due for bounce-back season?," 1 July 2020 Nevertheless, things are looking up for the 6-2, 245-pound linebacker because Nolan’s style of defense should fit Smith’s skill set better than the previous regime’s did. John Owning, Dallas News, "3 Cowboys defenders who could thrive under DC Mike Nolan: Is LB Jaylon Smith due for bounce-back season?," 1 July 2020 The big man was allowed to develop in the Wolves’ program and became known for his defense, yet completes his skill set with crisp passing and dead-eye shooting. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Meet the boys basketball nominees," 14 June 2020 However, does his skill set add to what Cleveland already has in the post? Matt Goul, cleveland, "Isaiah Stewart NBA Draft 2020 profile: Stats, bio, video of the Washington center," 3 June 2020 In the Warriors’ Feb. 23 loss to the Pelicans, Toscano-Anderson showcased his skill set, posting 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a plus-6 rating in 28 minutes. Connor Letourneau,, "Juan Toscano-Anderson: Can forward stick with Warriors?," 26 June 2020 Lamb will likely see a lot of action in the slot early in his career, which plays right into his skill set. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 Cowboys rookies who will outperform their draft slot, including the potential steal of the entire 2020 class," 24 June 2020 Yes, provided that particular guard brings a different skill set. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers adding another guard, Kevin Love’s future and Tristan Thompson’s return: Answering offseason’s biggest questions," 17 June 2020

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Skill set.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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