Simple Definition of proficient
: good at doing something
Full Definition of proficient
: well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge
Examples of proficient in a sentence
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
Dr. Pascual-Leone recruited 15 proficient Braille readers and wired them up so he could measure their somatosensory cortex—the part of the brain that registers and processes the sense of touch. —Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal, 11 Oct. 2002
Become proficient at lag putting and you may make a few. —Dave Pelz, Golf Magazine, July 1996
He has become very proficient at computer programming.
She is proficient in two foreign languages.
Synonym Discussion of proficient
Rhymes with proficient
deficient, efficient, sufficient
PROFICIENT Defined for Kids
Definition of proficient for Students
: very good at doing something <a proficient reader>
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