expert

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

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 How to pronounce expert (audio) \

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 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

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

And what is classified as disease is essentially down to expert consensus. Shahid Merali, Quartz, "What exactly is a disease?," 30 July 2019 The first time it was delayed so the defense could get a DNA expert, the second time because a defense attorney suffered a stroke during jury selection and then this year so the defense could get an expert witness on blood spatter, officials said. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Rotting in jail: Will these years-old cases ever go to trial?," 19 July 2019 Research by suburbs expert Amanda Kolson Hurley, Levittown scholar Dianne Harris, and policy guru Richard Rothstein was the foundation for this story. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "Obsessed with utopias? Read the books that inspired ‘Nice Try!’," 18 July 2019 Started by taekwondo expert Farabi Davletchin on Instagram, the challenge consists of someone trying to kick a bottle cap off of a bottle without making contact with the bottle itself. SI.com, "Bottle Cap Challenge: 6 of the Best Efforts So Far From Across the Football World," 7 July 2019 Federal courts and 31 states rely on the Daubert standard, for example, which determines whose expert evidence is deemed reputable. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury's record $229 million malpractice verdict may change a life — but likely not the system," 4 July 2019 And yet, expert consensus has not dissuaded US president Donald Trump from imposing tariffs on China and threatening to do the same with Mexico. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Economists don’t agree on much, but what they do agree on is being ignored," 25 June 2019 On the live show, the science wonk invites expert guests to help him answer questions on how to maximize your energy efficiency or live longer. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year So Far," 21 June 2019 Step 3: Any prior agreements can leave the FDA’s expert advisory committees hamstrung in reaching a verdict. NBC News, "Caution urged over use of fast-acting version of ketamine for depression," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The task force, a group of experts who advise the federal government on disease prevention, did not extend its recommendation to adolescents ages 12 to 17. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all U.S. adults," 13 Aug. 2019 Another security expert, Olivier Guitta, said the recent white nationalist attacks against Muslims do not appear to be revenge for jihadist terrorist attacks. Washington Post, "Suspect in Norway mosque attack smirks in court appearance," 12 Aug. 2019 The report, written by seven experts from universities across the world, directly linked the loss of species to human activity and showed how those losses are undermining food and water security, along with human health. oregonlive.com, "New Trump rules weaken Endangered Species Act," 12 Aug. 2019 Working closely with experts in China, researchers at the Zoo are leading efforts to better understand giant panda ecology, biology, breeding, reproduction, disease and proper animal care. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 Go directly to the experts, and follow through by taking action. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 9, 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 In 1997, estimates Jens-Kjeld Jensen, the Faroes’ top puffin expert, the islands were home to 1.5m of the birds; but now their numbers are down by 80%. The Economist, "Puffins on the Faroe Islands are in danger," 9 Aug. 2019 But some of the deadliest mass shootings in this country, and elsewhere, have their roots in such beliefs, according to law enforcement experts, scholars and many independent news organizations. New York Times, "Fact Check: Tucker Carlson Falsely Calls White Supremacy a ‘Hoax’," 8 Aug. 2019 The pre-post-time breakfast costs $25 and features handicapper tips by local experts, including a free ticket to the racetrack clubhouse. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Aug. 8," 8 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

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

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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 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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