up·​skill | \ ˌəp-ˈskil How to pronounce upskill (audio) \
upskilled; upskilling; upskills

Definition of upskill

transitive + intransitive

1 : to provide (someone, such as an employee) with more advanced skills through additional education and training The company invests significant time and resources to upskill and train its employees …— Santhosh Ramdoss
2 : to acquire more advanced skills through additional education and training Workers who upskill are likely to exhibit stronger problem-solving abilities, a higher level of productivity, and better performance overall.— Chandler Macleod Group

Other Words from upskill

upskilling noun
Companies need to direct investments in training, tuition reimbursement and new approaches to upskilling so that employees are ready to step into new and better jobs across a wider range of areas. — Margaret Keane … rapid change in all industries means that our skills have a shelf life and constant upskilling is essential.

First Known Use of upskill

1978, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Upskill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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British : to improve the job skills of (someone)

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