skilful

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skilful - skilled
‘skilful’
Someone who is skilful at something does it very well.
They are a great team with a lot of skilful players.
As an artist, he was very skilful with a pencil.
Skilful is spelled skillful in American English.
‘skilled’
Use skilled in front of a noun to describe someone who has been trained to do a particular kind of work and does it very well.
It takes four years to train a skilled engineer.
We need more skilled workers in this country.
You also use skilled in front of a noun to describe work that can only be done by a skilled person.
He was only interested in highly-paid, skilled work.
Weaving was a very skilled job, requiring a five-year apprenticeship.
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