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 adeptly (audio) , a-​ \ adverb
She dealt with the changes adeptly.
adeptness \ ə-​ˈdep(t)-​nəs How to pronounce adeptness (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 The community of scientists who research emerging infectious diseases has been speculating for days that the source of the outbreak was a new coronavirus, a class of viruses that has shown itself adept at making the leap from animals to people. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Chinese scientists obtain genetic sequence of mysterious virus, a key step in containment efforts," 9 Jan. 2020 The schools that use race in admissions have become adept at designing their programs to be legally airtight. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Harvard Won This Round, But Affirmative Action Is Weak," 2 Oct. 2019 Fields also is big at 6-3 and physical and the more adept runner but with a 40-1 touchdown-to-interception passing ratio. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Long-linked quarterbacks Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence finally to meet in Fiesta Bowl," 26 Dec. 2019 Many women work on the factory floor at the plant, as their hands are generally smaller and more adept at some of the more dextrous tasks required to build a guitar. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Fender is reinventing itself for the future of music while holding onto its past," 13 Dec. 2019 This might not fly with a local investor, who’s more adept at discerning cultural differences. Shuli Ren | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Dear Alibaba, Thank You for the $10 Trillion Gift," 27 Nov. 2019 Teachers can help students become more adept news consumers by watching testimony and then looking at how it is reported by different news sources. Paula Mcavoy, The Conversation, "Students should learn about impeachment in school – here’s how to make it work," 27 Nov. 2019 But Johnson is a more adept and vigorous campaigner. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Can Jeremy Corbyn Lose the British Election and Still Win?," 26 Nov. 2019 Under coach Mike Leach, Washington State has become adept at snagging recruits on rebound after previously committing elsewhere. oregonlive, "Why recruiting rankings don’t tell the whole story in college football: Issues & Answers," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Josh Allen is just a bit of improvement away from being a fantasy football regular.," 14 June 2019 As ever, Mr Putin proved adept at taking advantage of American mistakes. The Economist, "Russia and Turkey agree to carve up northern Syria," 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, "Creative Types Reserve a Special Corner of the Brain for Dreaming Big," 22 May 2019 Martin has even mentioned having the 6-foot-11 Porter, with his adept passing skills, bring the ball upcourt to initiate offense. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou's Porter will help make SEC basketball even more competitive than last season," 28 June 2018 The Volvo is a reasonably able cargo-toter, but the interior dimensions are a little less adept at carrying people. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of adept was in 1674

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adept.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adeptly. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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adept

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of adept

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very good at doing something that is not easy

adept

noun
How to pronounce adept (audio) How to pronounce adept (audio)

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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