expert

adjective
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt, ik-ˈspərt \

Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

expert

noun
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt \

Definition of expert (Entry 2 of 3)

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

expert

verb
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt \
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

Adjective

We received some expert advice. The company has become expert at adapting its products for new clients.

Noun

She was an acknowledged expert on child development. an expert at planning dinner parties
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There are plans for beginners, intermediate, and advanced exercisers, and users can also connect with personal trainers to ask questions and get expert advice. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "25 Best Workout and Fitness Apps to Stay Healthy in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 So researchers at Purdue have developed a new way to get around this problem: an augmented reality (AR) system that could help on-the-ground doctors get expert advice. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Battlefield Medics and Student Doctors Could Use Augmented Reality to Get Help From Faraway Surgeons," 6 Sep. 2018 That means more guides, more expert advice, more shoppable ideas, and a Curbed Handbook newsletter (sign up below!). Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Welcome to the new Curbed Handbook," 23 July 2018 In addition, a trial would have involved expert testimony on sports memorabilia business practices and on the authenticity of equipment and apparel sold as game-worn. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why It Was the Smart Decision for Eli Manning to Settle in Memorabilia Fraud Lawsuit," 15 May 2018 Here, expert advice on everything from naps to nightcaps. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep—And Why It Should Be Your Top Priority (Really)," 1 Nov. 2018 Another was influenced by the youth training regimens of expert German violinists. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Professor Who Helped Make Belgian Soccer a World Power," 9 July 2018 The aid could be as simple as teaching someone recently released from prison how to make a job interview in time, or, for entrepreneurs, expert legal and financial advice. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. will train some marijuana workers, entrepreneurs," 26 June 2018 American Red Cross’ First Aid: Put safety first with heat wave safety tips; expert advice on how to treat first aid emergencies, stings and bites; step-by-step instruction and videos;and a hospital locator. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "10 useful apps for your beach trip," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But a bankruptcy process would complicate attempts to recover wildfire damages and likely affect the state’s plans to reduce carbon emissions, according to lawyers, legislators and energy and bankruptcy experts. Rebecca Smith, WSJ, "PG&E Bankruptcy Threatens California Wildfire Suits, Green-Power Contracts," 15 Jan. 2019 Overall, experts still stress that the vaccine is your best protection against the flu. Korin Miller, SELF, "Good News: This Year's Flu Vaccine Seems to Be a Good Match," 14 Jan. 2019 Seventeen talked to relationship experts April Masini and Andrea Syrtash about all the signs your love for your partner might be fading. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here Are All the Signs You Might Be Falling Out of Love," 10 Jan. 2019 From maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the skin to treating flare-ups and breakouts of all sizes, here experts weigh in on why a probiotic-laced skin-care regimen actually works. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Probiotic Skin Care Is Actually Worth It, According to Experts—and Here's Why," 8 Jan. 2019 Spanish conquistador Vasco Nuñez de Balboa described expert divers swimming 7.9 meters (24 feet) down to pry oysters from the rocks. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Here, travel tidbits from experts who collectively logged more than 71,298,788 (air, sea, and space) miles in the last year. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Tips of 2018, From People Who Do it For a Living," 19 Dec. 2018 Make sure to check out our expert's favorite sheet sets, quilt sets, and comforters. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bed-in-a-Bag Sets You Can Buy," 24 Dec. 2018 For best results, experts say to spot-apply—dab a cream with SPF in tiny amounts allover. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "5 Ways to Supercharge Your Skincare Products," 10 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 MEMBERS OF THE EXTERNAL EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL PETER HARVEY, Esq. NOLA.com, "NFL suspends Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott for 6 games," 11 Aug. 2017 Nearly every contemporary politician is guilty of falling back on the phrase, but for centuries, populist movements in particular have invoked common sense as a justification for policy goals and as an antidote to expert opinion. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why Trump Invokes ‘Common Sense’," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of expert

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expert

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" experience entry 1

Noun

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, derivative of expert expert entry 1

Verb

derivative of expert entry 2

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expert

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

expert

noun

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

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

expert

adjective
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt, 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 \

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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