expert

noun
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) \

Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one with the special skill or knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject

expert

adjective
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) , ik-ˈspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) \

Definition of expert (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience
2 obsolete : experienced

expert

verb
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) \
experted; experting; experts

Definition of expert (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to serve as an expert

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Other Words from expert

Adjective

expertly adverb
expertness 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 expert in a Sentence

Noun She was an acknowledged expert on child development. an expert at planning dinner parties Adjective We received some expert advice. The company has become expert at adapting its products for new clients.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The longstanding, inadequate regulation of development combined with the natural topography of the town is to blame for the intense storms, the experts said. Erin B. Logan, baltimoresun.com, "Proposals to ease development’s impact on Ellicott City flooding draw opposition from industry," 17 Sep. 2019 Mixed economic signals are making it hard even for the experts to get an accurate read on the nation’s economic health. NBC News, "New math: Federal Reserve will lower rates this week, but future cuts are no sure thing," 17 Sep. 2019 Finally, poor reservoir and land management have revealed a lack of long-erm planning on these issues, the experts have said. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Houston is forecast to get its most rain from one storm system since Harvey," 17 Sep. 2019 And the stutter, the experts say, may contribute to his renowned verbosity. Los Angeles Times, "Joe Biden’s childhood struggle with a stutter: How he overcame it and how it shaped him," 16 Sep. 2019 The two experts will jointly select a third to round out the panel. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "Property owners, GBRA reach accord to avoid draining Guadalupe River lakes," 16 Sep. 2019 Among the experts was Sean O’Keefe, the former NASA administrator. David Gelles, New York Times, "Boeing Board to Call for Safety Changes After 737 Max Crashes," 15 Sep. 2019 Remember, the expert from John Jay College of Criminal Justice told us that usually signifies extensive contact. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 The two new species identified are Electrophorus voltai and Electrophorus varii, which is named after the late Smithsonian fish expert Richard Vari. Fox News, "World’s most powerful electric eel discovered, can generate 860-volt shock," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For can't-miss news, expert beauty advice, genius home solutions, delicious recipes, and lots more, sign up for the Good Housekeeping newsletter. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "All the Details on CVS's Thanksgiving Hours in 2019," 13 Sep. 2019 The family of the victim, Markeis McGlockton, filled the first row of the courtroom on a day defense attorneys presented two expert witnesses who testified about the defendant's state of mind and his actions at the time of the shooting. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Jury deliberations in 'Stand Your Ground' trial to begin later Friday," 23 Aug. 2019 Hayat’s appellate lawyers said his trial attorney had failed to contact expert witnesses who would have said the note was part of a common prayer, with no sinister meaning. Demian Bulwa, SFChronicle.com, "Hamid Hayat, freed after 14 years in terror case: ‘I’m can’t believe this day came’," 11 Aug. 2019 Here are some expert recommendations for great starter phones for tweens and teens. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, "Expert recommendations for a child’s first phone, from basic to smart," 22 July 2019 Attorneys represent both the parent and the child in court, and expert witnesses are often called to ensure positive outcomes for the child. Gil Villagran, The Mercury News, "Opinion: When will American brutality against border children end?," 16 July 2019 The House hearing will also feature a second panel with additional expert witnesses—some who might be more optimistic, and others who are clearly apprehensive about Facebook’s crypto project. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "How to watch Congressional hearings on Facebook’s Libra," 15 July 2019 The judge didn’t immediately rule Monday after hearing testimony from expert witnesses and arguments from attorneys. Washington Post, "Man accused of plotting mass killing wants gun charges nixed," 9 Sep. 2019 Under red-flag laws, however, expert testimony will no longer be used. Thomas Massie, National Review, "‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution to Mass Shootings," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lucy Jones, the scientist who has been the go-to expert for Southern Californians for decades when the earth moves, did not. latimes.com, "Today: Trump’s Envoy of Discord in Israel," 9 July 2019 Rooke's comments are in line with what royals expert Katie Nicholl told Glamour earlier this month. Glamour, "Why We Probably Won't See Photos of Meghan Markle's Baby After She Gives Birth," 10 Apr. 2019 This event is intended for intermediate to expert skiers/snowboarders ages 8-18 who identify as female. idahostatesman, "A guided hike at Squaw Butte among upcoming outdoors events | Idaho Statesman," 26 Mar. 2018 Vogue asked relationship expert Jordan Gray for some tips on how to do the impossible: be friends with your ex. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "If Selena and Justin Can Do It, So Can You: How to Be Friends With Your Ex," 26 Oct. 2017 Strolling in the adjacent deer park will complete the literary fantasy, as will expert unobtrusive service. Condé Nast Traveler, "Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa," 20 Oct. 2017 Follow along here for news and expert analysis from the meeting from the Courier-Journal. Chris White, The Courier-Journal, "Live updates: University of Louisville athletic association to vote on Rick Pitino's fate," 16 Oct. 2017 And Lovullo experts his star first baseman to be back in the lineup on Saturday night. USA TODAY, "Diamondbacks' 13-game win streak ends, lose to Padres 10-6," 9 Sep. 2017 That task force—which includes lawmakers, members of law enforcement, the state secretary of corrections, and a crime survivor who lost a child to murder—has spent 10 months reviewing studies and listening to expert testimony. Larry Hannan, Slate Magazine, "Is the “Incarceration Capital of the World” Finally Ready to Lose Its Title?," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of expert

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expert

Noun

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, derivative of expert expert entry 2

Adjective

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin expertus "tested, shown to be true," from past participle of experīrī "to put to the test, attempt, have experience of, undergo" — more at experience entry 1

Verb

derivative of expert entry 1

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The first known use of expert was in the 14th century

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expert

noun
How to pronounce expert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has special skill or knowledge relating to a particular subject

expert

adjective
How to pronounce expert (audio) How to pronounce expert (audio)

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

: having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced

expert

adjective
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) , ik-ˈspərt\

Kids Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: showing special skill or knowledge gained from experience or training expert advice an expert salesperson

Other Words from expert

expertly adverb

expert

noun
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) \

Kids Definition of expert (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person with special skill or knowledge of a subject

expert

noun
ex·​pert

Legal Definition of expert

: a person with special or superior skill or knowledge in a particular area — see also expert witness at witness

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