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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s the advice of Carlos Grider, an expert on remote work who publishes a blog about being a digital nomad. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Variety’s legal expert says this could impact the court’s decision in the custody battle, though many other considerations will also be weighed. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 2 May 2022 Susan’s mother was also a big influence, an activist and public relations expert with such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Environmental Protection Agency. Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 More:Michigan's primary ballot may be 'disaster' for GOP candidates for governor, expert says DePerno received 49% of the convention vote on the first round and Leonard received 40%. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 Metro RTAs did the same thing, but a Dr. Keith Armitage, who’s a travel medicine expert with university. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 20 Apr. 2022 That’s ambitious, an expert says While Noman and Georg’s findings represent an important step towards discovering a safe and effective birth control pill for men, there is still a long and uncertain path ahead before the pill could hit the market. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2022 An amusement park ride safety expert says that the teenager who passed away after falling off of the Orlando FreeFall did not have his harness placed in the correct position, which opened the door for the tragic incident to happen. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 31 Mar. 2022 Flanary’s best material balances the specificity of an expert with the nose for hypocrisy that typically comes from an incisive observer, said Heidi Tworek, a University of British Columbia history professor who studies health communication. Damian Garde, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But many leaders are turning a deaf ear to that expert advice and data analytics that could help with retention and recruitment. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 1 May 2022 But the first or second week of November is still generally in line with expert predictions, including that of an FDA official who said that the vaccines would be available by early to mid-winter. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 25 Oct. 2021 Here, 11 members of Forbes Real Estate Council share their expert predictions for the future of the real estate market through the end of 2021 and into 2022. Expert Panel, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Of the 13 nurses who sued GEO, 12 cases were thrown out by the judge based on a set of criteria called the Daubert standard that rendered their expert witness testimony inadmissible. al, 5 Apr. 2022 An expert witness for the state argued that Vaught violated the standard of care expected of nurses. CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 That year, London barristers representing the Kenya Human Rights Commission and seeking damages for elderly Kenyan survivors of torture introduced Elkins as an expert witness, along with the British historians David Anderson and Huw Bennett. The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 An expert witness for the state argued that Vaught violated the standard of care expected of nurses. Fox News, 27 Mar. 2022 An expert witness for the state, Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University, argued that the congressional map was not a partisan gerrymander, and that there was nothing extreme about Maryland’s map. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Classes are available in different exercise styles and intensities, and options are given to make the novice to expert feel comfortable and successful, the release said. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Andurand isn’t the only top commodities expert predicting oil prices will soar to record highs. Will Daniel, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 Google not only looks to the content on the page, but to expert authorship and sourcing. Allbusiness, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 This opportunity is for any advanced to expert skiers over the age of 15 and is truly a bucket list experience. Ski Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 Contrary to expert medical consensus, Mr. Zywicki insists natural immunity from contracting Covid is at least as effective as a full vaccine regimen. WSJ, 16 Aug. 2021 Pedro Mendes, a computational biologist at UConn Health who has modeled the COVID-19 pandemic, said Connecticut can likely expert further increases in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 19 July 2021 Oz, a three-part documentary that finds the Australian comedian, maybe best known to American audiences for Nanette, putting her background in art history to expert use by both cataloguing and interrogating the history of Australian fine art. Alexis Gunderson, Vulture, 1 July 2021 Support staff retention and satisfaction by equipping their clinicians with easy-to-use technology that connects them to expert resources when needed and delivers insights at their fingertips. Seth Joseph, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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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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