noun ad·ept \ˈa-ˌdept, ə-ˈdept, a-ˈ\

: a highly skilled or well-trained person : someone who is adept at something

Full Definition of ADEPT

:  a highly skilled or well-trained individual :  expert <an adept at chess>

Examples of ADEPT

  1. <even by the standards of Washington, he's an adept at political intrigue and power politics>
  2. Once safely back in Paris, and having attained his majority, the poet squandered his inheritance with an adept's fervor … —Nicholas Delbanco, Harper's, September 2004

Origin of ADEPT

New Latin adeptus alchemist who has attained the knowledge of how to change base metals into gold, from Latin, past participle of adipisci to attain, from ad- + apisci to reach — more at apt
First Known Use: 1709


adjective \ə-ˈdept also ˈa-ˌdept\

: very good at doing something that is not easy

Full Definition of ADEPT

:  thoroughly proficient :  expert <adept at fixing cars>
adept·ly \ə-ˈdep-(t)lē, a-\ adverb
adept·ness \-ˈdep(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of ADEPT

  1. He's adept in several languages.
  2. <he's an adept pitcher, and the team is lucky to have him>
  3. Madison, Jefferson's lifelong friend, collaborator, and political ally, was quizzical and skeptical. His mind was less capacious and less elevated than Jefferson's, but more … original, and instinctively contrary. Less learned than Jefferson, his verbal skills inferior, he was almost pedantically alert to inner complications, and so, though less adept a politician, he was more consistent. —Bernard Bailyn, To Begin the World Anew, 2003

Origin of ADEPT

(see 1adept)
First Known Use: circa 1691


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