\ 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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Pierpaolo Piccioli, who delivered two breathtaking couture turns at Valentino this year, has been celebrated for approaching his ready-to-wear with a couture-like approach, adding the kind of artisanal details only a skilled hand can create. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Couture Is All About the Details—Glorious Details. Here, Our 45 Best Close-Ups from the 2018 Collections," 29 Dec. 2018 Tradespeople People who specialize in a skilled trade, such as roofing, tile, or electrical work. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 2018 The executives who signed the letter represent smaller companies but immigration policy is a paramount concern across the business landscape as workers, skilled and unskilled, are in demand. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Business Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Plan to Crack Down on Immigrants Using Public Benefits," 6 Dec. 2018 Most Western media outlets have become quite skilled—through years of practice—at writing headlines and describing Israeli massacres using the passive tense so as to hide the culprit. The Economist, "The weasel voice in journalism," 24 May 2018 Being Serena illustrates the nexus of the multiple roles Williams holds or has held: stylish celebrity; new mother; bride-to-be; wealthy suburbanite; muscle-bound, highly skilled, painstakingly maintained sportswoman. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "We’ve Never Seen an Athlete’s Story Quite Like Serena Williams’ HBO Docuseries," 2 May 2018 That’s doubly impressive given how many intricately moving parts are in play at every moment Byrne and his skilled, 11-piece ensemble are on stage. George Varga,, "David Byrne performs transcendent San Diego concert before heading to his Coachella performance," 13 Apr. 2018 South African workers are a good fit for Mr. McLain because most of them grew up on farms, are highly skilled, and have post-secondary education, McLain said. Chloe Moores, The Christian Science Monitor, "Worried by talks of deportation, farmers defend immigrant workforce," 26 Mar. 2018 And there was this small group of people that do, are incredibly skilled, unbelievably talented at looking at moving lips and figuring out what these guys are actually saying. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Peter Jackson’s team made World War I footage look new," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of skilled

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of skilled was in 1552

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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 \

Kids Definition of skilled

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

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