considerable, consummate (esp. BrE), extraordinary, great, remarkable

He is a negotiator of considerable skill.

With consummate skill, she steered the conversation away from any embarrassing subjects.


Holmes defeated Cooney with his superior boxing skills.

good, poor

She has good organizational skills.


the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic

essential, important, necessary, requisite

He lacked the requisite skills for the job.

marketable, practical, transferable (esp. BrE), useful

training in problem-solving and other marketable skills

new, old

to learn some new skills

analytical, critical-thinking (esp. AmE), problem-solving
cognitive, motor

Alcohol can impact cognitive and motor skills severely.


Her therapist hopes to improve her coping skills.

special, specialist (esp. BrE)

No special skills or knowledge are required for the job.

diplomatic, entrepreneurial, leadership, management, managerial, negotiating, organizational, professional

She displays excellent management skills.

communication, conversational, interpersonal, social, verbal

He had poor social skills and often offended people.

comprehension, linguistic, listening, literacy, reading, speaking, writing

The project will help to develop children's literacy skills.

business, computer, design, language, math (AmE), mathematical, maths (BrE), research, study, survival, teaching

It is important to develop good study skills.

athletic (esp. AmE), boxing, dribbling, footballing (BrE), martial-arts
combat, fighting, manual
acting, artistic, cooking, culinary, driving, medical, military, musical, political, tactical, technical
range, set

She had to develop a whole new set of skills when she changed jobs.

have, possess

Veterinarians combine the skills of a surgeon, radiologist, dietitian and much more.

need, require, take

a feat requiring skill and patience


I decided to find a career to match my skills and abilities.

acquire, develop, gain, learn, pick up
demonstrate, display, exhibit, show, show off, showcase
exercise, practise/practice
apply, harness, use, utilize

The manager must harness the skills of the workers to firm objectives.

broaden, enhance, hone, improve, increase, polish, refine, sharpen, upgrade

She attends regular training weekends to sharpen her skills.

master, perfect

School helps children to master the skills necessary to live in our society.

refresh, update
pool, share
assess, test

a course that will test the skills of any golfer


This work requires a different skill set.

acquisition, development, training
skills shortage

The country is facing a skills shortage.

with skill

She performed the task with great skill.

skill as

her skills as a doctor

skill at

his skill at painting

skill in

their skill in selecting the best designs

skill of

the basic skills of managing an office

skill with

his skill with a sword

a degree of skill, a level of skill

an operation that calls for a high degree of skill

a lack of skill

I enjoy playing squash, despite my lack of skill.

literacy and numeracy skills (BrE)

School-leavers lacked basic literacy and numeracy skills.

a mastery of skills

a mastery of basic language skills

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