adept

adjective
\ə-ˈdept also ˈa-ˌdept \

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, ə-ˈdept, a-ˈ\

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, a- \ adverb
She dealt with the changes adeptly.
adeptness \-ˈdep(t)-nəs \ 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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So why not bring in somebody so adept with slapstick and goofy visual humor? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The folks behind Ant-Man and the Wasp on why Marvel doesn’t always have to save the world," 5 July 2018 However, many have grown adept at subverting its essence while maintaining its outward appearance. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 Gallup has an advanced handle on the position, adept at setting up defensive backs with precise route running while comfortably contorting his body to haul in difficult throws. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2018 wide receiver rankings: Alabama's Calvin Ridley poised to make instant impact," 24 Apr. 2018 AHAs are much more adept at smoothing the texture of your skin. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Your Guide to Affordable Skin Care," 30 Mar. 2018 Governors — and all politicians — are adept at dodging reporters. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "We tried to ask Charlie Baker a question. Here’s what happened," 6 Mar. 2018 Mixon may be an adept receiver, but Bernard caught 43 passes for 389 yards last year and isn’t going anywhere. Michael Beller, SI.com, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 2018 The Ohio rapper born Albert Shepard is one of hip-hop’s most adept technicians and accomplished lyricists. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts July 12-18: Kenny Chesney, Imagine Dragons, Jason Isbell, Foreigner," 10 July 2018 Blanchard is an extremely adept guitarist and vocalist and has an appealing stoner-Jeff-Buckley sound that feels ripe for the moment. August Brown, latimes.com, "Inglewood's Inner Wave a promising, needed voice on the local rock scene," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The latest edition kicked off Tuesday in Mountain View, Calif., where the Internet giant showed off how its Assistant, available on phones and its smart speaker Google Home line, was getting more adept at mimicking human conversation. Jefferson Graham, ajc, "Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant were asked 150 questions. Here's who got the most right," 9 May 2018 Some of that is a savvy front office, but that has to go hand-in-hand with a coaching staff adept at player development. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets got James Borrego from Spurs. At his best, he brings 4 great habits with him. | Charlotte Observer," 8 May 2018 Abdul-Rauf was one of the premier guards in the NBA during the 1990s with the Denver Nuggets because of his quick release combined with street-ball handles and adept shot making ability. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns draft prospect workout headlined by Duke point guard Trevon Duval," 14 June 2018 The attacking spark behind Manchester City's record-setting season had 12 goals, 20 assists in all competitions in 2017-18 and is as adept at creating for others as anyone on the planet. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Meet the Ultimate World Cup 23: The Best Talent in Russia," 11 June 2018 Jonathan Halperin, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Policing future drug industry payments received by FDA advisory committee members would be challenging even for an agency adept at limiting conflicts of interest. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Ross’ admirers include Craig Newmark, founder and namesake of Craigslist, an entrepreneur adept at using technology to shake up the status quo. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Democrat Alec Ross, tech expert and author, says as Maryland governor he'll focus on 'what's next'," 24 May 2018 The staff is thoroughly trained on the list, adept with suggesting pairings and eager to pour tastes for uncertain guests. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Payton’s strong solos on piano and trumpet bracketed an extended bass solo by Spalding that was especially energetic, impassioned, and adept, Carrington accenting her partners’ work throughout with brilliant freestyle drumming. Bill Beuttler, BostonGlobe.com, "A lot of love in the air as the TEN Trio grooves at Scullers," 1 July 2018

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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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adept

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adept

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

adept

adjective

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

: very good at doing something that is not easy

adept

adjective
ad·ept | \ə-ˈdept \

Kids Definition of adept

: very good at something adept at swimming

Other Words from adept

adeptly adverb
adeptness noun

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