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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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Recent Examples on the Web That’s due to the pivotal economic roles played by tourism and conventions, international college students, and industries such as biopharma and information technology that depend on the global flow of supplies and highly skilled workers., "Massachusetts has a lot riding on India and other COVID hot spots," 1 May 2021 But the most skilled workers, like machinists, remain hard to find, according to Mr. Guse. New York Times, "As Economy Rebounds, Manufacturers Face New Hurdles," 28 Apr. 2021 Michigan residents are getting older and the state is losing valuable skilled workers as the population ages. Anna Liz Nichols, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan lawmakers pass bills to help first-time homebuyers," 23 Apr. 2021 Three predictions drove Michael Saloio to launch Huddle, which dubs itself the home for highly skilled independent workers. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "The rise of the independent worker: Why everyone wants to work in the gig economy now," 21 Apr. 2021 The company says that automation frees up their skilled workers to perform more sophisticated tasks and arranged for WIRED to speak to Enlly Gramajo, a robotics tech worker in New Jersey. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "As Amazon Workers Organize, They Stress: ‘We Are Not Robots’," 9 Apr. 2021 Pfizer is activating its extensive U.S. manufacturing network, including thousands of highly skilled U.S. workers in multiple states and localities, to prepare to produce the COVID-19 vaccine for those most in need around the world. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pleasant Prairie site will play role in Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine distribution as UK approves vaccine's use," 6 Apr. 2021 Shivaram Rajgopal, a Columbia Business School professor who follows corporate cultural issues, said corporate America is focused on satisfying its skilled young workers, who are getting more politically active on social media. Ross Kerber And Jessica Dinapoli, The Christian Science Monitor, "Millennials and Gen Z spur more companies to engage politically," 2 Apr. 2021 Employer demand is strong across the board, but particularly for skilled workers. James Freeman, WSJ, "Another Small Business Hiring Binge," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of skilled

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Skilled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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


\ ˈskild How to pronounce skilled (audio) \

Kids Definition of skilled

1 : having skill a skilled mason
2 : requiring skill and training a skilled trade

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