adjective pro·fi·cient \prə-ˈfi-shənt\

: good at doing something

Full Definition of PROFICIENT

:  well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge
proficient noun
pro·fi·cient·ly adverb

Examples of PROFICIENT

  1. He has become very proficient at computer programming.
  2. She is proficient in two foreign languages.
  3. With this system, a large pool of teachers are asked to identify students they believe are proficient in a given subject; those students are then tested, and their grades stand as the proficiency range. —Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, 15 Sept. 2003


Latin proficient-, proficiens, present participle of proficere to go forward, accomplish, from pro- forward + facere to make — more at pro-, do
First Known Use: circa 1590

Synonym Discussion of PROFICIENT

proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert mean having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession. proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice <proficient in translating foreign languages>. adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency <adept at doing long division>. skilled stresses mastery of technique <a skilled surgeon>. skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance <skillful drivers>. expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill <expert in the evaluation of wines>.

Rhymes with PROFICIENT

PROFICIENT Defined for Kids


adjective pro·fi·cient \prə-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of PROFICIENT for Kids

:  very good at doing something <a proficient reader>
pro·fi·cient·ly adverb


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