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[skild] /skɪld/
adjective
1.
having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill.
2.
showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; skill1 + -ed3
Related forms
multiskilled, adjective
nonskilled, adjective
overskilled, adjective
underskilled, adjective
well-skilled, adjective
Synonyms
1. See skillful.

skill2

[skil] /skɪl/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
1.
to matter.
2.
to help; avail.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English skilien < Old Norse skilja to distinguish, divide, akin to skil (see skill1), Old English scylian to separate, Gothic skilja butcher, Lithuanian skélti to split
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Examples for skilled
  • Many were highly skilled machine operators in the textile industry.
  • Other discoveries reveal how skilled the early humans were.
  • He was a maestro of the laboratory, skilled in improving apparatuses and devising experiments.
  • Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labor and a deficient infrastructure.
  • The empty canoes ran the rapids without mishap, each with two skilled paddlers.
  • The princess, skilled in the art of surgery, would not suffer any one but herself to touch her beloved husband.
  • The labor of the country was not skilled, nor allowed to become so.
  • There is a huge gap in the need for skilled workers, and those students who are preparing for that work.
  • The expansion of this system is considered vital for a nation in desperate need of skilled workers.
  • The low standard of education, for one thing, results in a dearth of skilled workers for what is a rapidly growing economy.
British Dictionary definitions for skilled

skilled

/skɪld/
adjective
1.
possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
2.
(prenominal) involving skill or special training a skilled job

skill

/skɪl/
noun
1.
special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
2.
something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
3.
(obsolete) understanding
Derived Forms
skill-less, skilless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference
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Word Origin and History for skilled
skill
c.1175, "power of discernment," from O.N. skil "distinction, discernment," related to skilja (v.) "distinguish, separate," from P.Gmc. *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. M.L.G. schillen "to differ;" M.L.G., M.Du. schele "difference;" see shell). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded c.1300.
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