adept

adjective
\ ə-ˈdept How to pronounce adept (audio) also ˈa-ˌdept How to pronounce adept (audio) \

Definition of adept

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thoroughly proficient : expert an adept negotiator He's adept at fixing computers.

adept

noun
ad·​ept | \ ˈa-ˌdept How to pronounce adept (audio) , ə-ˈdept How to pronounce adept (audio) , a-ˈdept \

Definition of adept (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from adept

Adjective

adeptly \ ə-​ˈdep-​(t)lē How to pronounce adept (audio) , a-​ \ adverb
She dealt with the changes adeptly.
adeptness \ ə-​ˈdep(t)-​nəs How to pronounce adept (audio) , a-​ \ noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of adept in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Three small figurines carved of ivory from mammoth tusks have been found in a cave in southwestern Germany, providing stronger evidence that human ancestors were already adept at figurative art more than 30,000 years ago, an archaeologist is reporting today. — John Noble Wilford, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2003 The Angels exploited center-fielder Bernie Williams's weak throwing arm in the division series against the Yankees and are adept at scampering from first to third on hits to the outfield. — Jack Curry, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2002 Barnum was especially adept at pulling back one curtain after another, keeping the audience in a state of panting uncertainty, perpetually postponing the revelation of what was "really" going on. — Jackson Lears, New Republic, 12 Nov. 2001 He's adept in several languages. he's an adept pitcher, and the team is lucky to have him Noun 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 They recruited computational chemists, software engineers, AI experts, and various other computer adepts, all of whom put their monster minds together to create an automated reasoning system that could inspect vast amounts of chemical data quickly and point the finger at potential new drug compounds. — Ed Regis, Wired, June 2000 even by the standards of Washington, he's an adept at political intrigue and power politics
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Another study, also focused on wind turbines, found dogs are much more adept at locating remains than humans, thus resulting in more accurate fatality counts. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 July 2021 Studies suggest that the Delta variant is also more adept at evading the immune response from prior infection or vaccination, but the vaccines still offer strong protection particularly against severe disease and death. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Younger generations are more adept at navigating social life online, the survey found. Kate Mabus, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 There’s also the concern that the Delta variant may be more adept at attacking your lung cells. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Compared with other see-through species, such as dragonflies, glasswings are even more adept at fluttering through the rainforest unnoticed because their wings don’t shine or glimmer in sunlight. Anil Oza, Science | AAAS, 22 June 2021 That means that an infected person will likely emit more virus into the air, and that the virus is more adept at infecting cells, so people need to be exposed to less of it to contract it. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 12 June 2021 No player is more adept at getting steals in these situations, and it’s here where Bogdanovic’s dribble is too high and too slow. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 Some experts, however, say it’s just as important to reckon with the limits of digital platforms, which are often more adept at eliciting emotional reactions than facilitating difficult conversations about healing. Claire Wang, NBC News, 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Andela is now accepting applications from senior developers across the continent adept in the most in-demand web frameworks and program languages. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, 1 July 2020 Last season, Brown averaged 20.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists while proving adept at penetrating and getting to the free throw line. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, 6 Apr. 2020 Trump, another New York billionaire adept in handling the hometown press, took particular glee in watching Bloomberg's performance Wednesday, two people who spoke to him said. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Feb. 2020 Unlike Greta Gerwig, who reimagined Little Women and gave it a contemporary subtext, de Wilde and Catton deliver a largely faithful and unchallenging adaptation, beautifully staged and sharply acted by a cast adept at balancing wit and romance. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2020 From those who know him well, Calhoun gets high marks as both a smooth operator, adept at making the numbers work, and as a kind of Mr. Fix-It. Erik Sherman, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2020 The Bills addressed some of Allen’s needs by adding John Brown, a dangerous deep threat, and Cole Beasley, who’s adept at getting open on short and intermediate routes. Bennie Contrino, Sports Illustrated, 14 June 2019 As ever, Mr Putin proved adept at taking advantage of American mistakes. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2019 Brain activity of the creative adepts and controls was similar when imagining the next 24 hours but to the researchers’ surprise, the creative group alone engaged the dorsomedial default network when imagining events further into the future. Knvul Sheikh, Scientific American, 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of adept

Adjective

1698, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adept

Adjective

derivative of adept entry 2

Noun

borrowed from New Latin adeptus "one who has attained a high degree of proficiency (as in alchemy or hermetic philosophy)," going back to Latin, "having attained," past participle of adipīscī "to arrive at, attain," from ad- ad- + apīscī "to seize hold of, obtain," perhaps an inchoative derivative from the base of apere "to join" — more at apt entry 1

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10 Sep 2021

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“Adept.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adept. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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adept

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adept

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very good at doing something that is not easy

adept

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adept (Entry 2 of 2)

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

adept

adjective
ad·​ept | \ ə-ˈdept How to pronounce adept (audio) \

Kids Definition of adept

: very good at something adept at swimming

Other Words from adept

adeptly adverb
adeptness noun

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