\ˈskild \

Definition of skilled 

1 : having acquired mastery of or skill in something (such as a technique or a trade) skilled in the art of negotiation

2 : of, relating to, or requiring workers or labor with skill and training in a particular occupation, craft, or trade

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proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert mean having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession. proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice. proficient in translating foreign languages adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency. adept at doing long division skilled stresses mastery of technique. a skilled surgeon skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance. skillful drivers expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill. expert in the evaluation of wines

Examples of skilled in a Sentence

a very skilled and talented writer He is skilled at cooking. Carpentry is a skilled trade.
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More restrictive immigration policies, such as the elimination of H-1B visas for skilled workers, could choke the supply of foreign employees as well as new company founders, Weinberg said. Roland Li,, "Bay Area economy growing nearly twice as fast as rest of U.S.," 10 July 2018 And there is also a legitimate thing of there’s not enough skilled workers in certain trades, and there are just numerically more Indian and Chinese workers that are doing this work. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Fog Creek Software CEO Anil Dash answers all the questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 8 July 2018 Trump swept to power as an experienced entertainer using his natural charisma to sell a radical message that some, at least, would have been unlikely to buy from someone less skilled. Mikael Wood,, "In today's divisive political climate pop artists are shaping the new sound of protest music," 29 June 2018 Today, companies worry about a lack of skilled workers. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Discover to Offer Full-Ride Online Bachelor's Degrees," 12 June 2018 That also results in income inequities because the large cities have a greater share of skilled, high-earning workers than the smaller cities. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Why are Latin American and Caribbean cities less productive? Mayors in Miami to discuss," 11 June 2018 In less skilled hands, the piece would be obvious and corny, but Reinertson’s expressive intentions imbue the work with mythic gravitas. Julia Couzens, sacbee, "Power to the people -- through clay," 4 May 2018 Eagles fans are free to hope the Cowboys somehow overlook Moore and take somebody less skilled. Les Bowen,, "Les Bowen's 2018 NFL mock draft," 24 Apr. 2018 Though researchers have found similar levels of interest in the sciences—and similar test scores—females more frequently report feeling less skilled in the subject, and more frustrated. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why There Aren't More Female Pilots," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of skilled

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of skilled

: having the training, knowledge, and experience that is needed to do something : having a lot of skill

: requiring training


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Kids Definition of skilled

1 : having skill a skilled mason

2 : requiring skill and training a skilled trade

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