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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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 reasons for the spike in credit-card debt are complicated and potentially worrisome, financial experts say. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Here's the top reason Americans are carrying an average credit-card balance of over $6,200," 12 Feb. 2020 The work was initially attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn, but experts soon downgraded its status to a painting by a member of the artist’s studio. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Pennsylvania Museum Discovers Unidentified Rembrandt Portrait in Its Collection," 12 Feb. 2020 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement said Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge experts found a dolphin with a bullet in its left side along Pensacola Beach, Florida. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "$20,000 reward offered after dolphin found shot on Gulf Coast beach," 12 Feb. 2020 Cachexia, a wasting syndrome, was also approved for expert review by the board. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Browns, Bengals fans aren’t eligible for medical marijuana, State Medical Board of Ohio rules," 12 Feb. 2020 The notion that Trump would use his position to undermine the justice system is no longer that shocking, although the audacity does continue to astound legal experts. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Justice under Trump looks increasingly like his reality TV show," 12 Feb. 2020 Now the show’s style expert Tan France hosts Next in Fashion, a Project Runway clone that debuted in January. Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 Three teams face off in each episode, and a panel of expert judges evaluate their work based on design creativity and build functionality. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This New Show on Disney+ Showcases the Talent of Young, Aspiring Builders," 11 Feb. 2020 Unfortunately, many are making assumptions that actual disease experts caution against. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Beware of Wall Street’s Armchair Epidemiologists," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When Karnow heard the case, the Examiner offered an expert witness, economist Richard Eichmann, who concluded most Chronicle ad customers had paid below-cost prices from 2011 onward, and that the Examiner had lost $17 million as a result. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Appeals court refuses to reinstate SF Examiner lawsuit against Chronicle," 31 Jan. 2020 Look into the background of professors who work as expert witnesses. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "Reporting Recipe: How to Investigate Professors’ Conflicts of Interest," 7 Jan. 2020 That’s more or less where Twenge falls on the spectrum of expert opinions on this question. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Even experts can’t agree on whether technology is dangerous for kids," 5 Nov. 2019 Organizer Annemarie Botzki said Saturday some 5,000 people from across Germany are expected for the protest which is aimed at urging the government to pursue policies based on grass-roots proposals drawing on expert opinion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Climate activists build camp outside German chancellery," 5 Oct. 2019 Goodell could also rely on expert opinions from professionals with expertise in law enforcement, health and related fields in reaching a decision. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Will Come Out of the NFL's Meeting With Antonio Brown's Accuser?," 15 Sep. 2019 The rankings also considered faculty resources (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), financial resources (10 percent), student excellence (10 percent), and alumni giving (5 percent). Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s where Massachusetts colleges ranked in the annual US News & World Report list," 9 Sep. 2019 However, this expert opinion needs to be seen against the 2019 general election results, where multiple states voted for a strong national party which is also ruling at the Centre. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "Various cesses levied by the Modi government are squeezing Indian state budgets," 23 Aug. 2019 Petitti’s Gardening Stage will have expert advice on everything from incorporating native plants into your landscape to backyard birding. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, "The Great Big Home + Garden Show begins Friday, Jan. 31, at Cleveland’s I-X Center," 26 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trade law experts state that after the department provides a 232 report to the White House, the president has 90 days to act, with a possible additional 180 days to negotiate with stakeholders. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "Trump auto tariff threat at risk of being undone by a technicality," 29 Jan. 2020 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expert?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=expert01. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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