ex·​per·​tise | \ ˌek-(ˌ)spər-ˈtēz How to pronounce expertise (audio) , -ˈtēs How to pronounce expertise (audio) \

Definition of expertise

1 : the skill of an expert
2 : expert opinion or commentary

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Synonyms & Antonyms for expertise


chops, experience, know-how, moxie, proficiency, savvy, skills



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Examples of expertise in a Sentence

While the declared nuclear powers have wobbled in their commitment to get rid of their arsenals, the rise of a global black market in nuclear expertise and materials has made the Bomb more attainable for everyone else. — Michael Elliott, Time, 1 Aug. 2005 The English magazine The Spectator employs me as "Dear Mary," a so-called agony aunt, in which capacity I have over the years gained considerable expertise in various areas of etiquette … — Mary Killen, Atlantic, May 2001 Can anyone out there drive a bloody automobile? By driving I do not mean simply guiding a two-ton lump of steel and plastic along a smooth stretch of macadam, but actually steering, braking, and shifting the thing with a modicum of competence, if not outright expertise. — Brock Yates, Car & Driver, October 2001 If a company that spends millions of dollars a year on a fancy advertising campaign to brag about its Web design expertise can't steer a motivated buyer like me to a Buy Now button in less than 30 minutes, then what hope is there for smaller, less experienced retail sites? — Michelle Slatalla, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2001 His expertise on defense will help the team. her expertise in legal matters
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The Center for Anti-Parasitic Drug Discovery and Development draws together faculty with expertise in pharmaceutical science, molecular biology and clinical testing. Bradley J. Fikes,, "UCSD steps up fight against tropical parasitical diseases," 4 July 2018 These board members included those with experience as a chief information officer or chief technology officer and expertise in software, digital platforms, big data and innovation, among other skills. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds," 13 Mar. 2019 Walker and Company gets to tap into P&G’s research and development expertise — the company spent $1.9 billion on those efforts in 2017 — as well as its global retail relationships and supply chain efficiencies. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Procter & Gamble has acquired the startup aiming to build the Procter & Gamble for people of color," 12 Dec. 2018 Fresh off his trip to the Class AA Eastern League All-Star Game, Brent Hershey, co-GM of, is here to offer his advice and expertise from both a fantasy and an analytic point of view. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Transcript: Brent Hershey fantasy baseball chat," 11 July 2018 And that investment in technology expertise is already producing results. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 In any case, the New Jersey attorney general has no special authority to interpret state corporate law and no expertise in Delaware law. Hal Scott, WSJ, "The SEC’s Misguided Attack on Shareholder Arbitration," 22 Feb. 2019 The new series will feature couples who are settled in their houses but need the brothers' expertise for a complete makeover. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "PSA: The Property Brothers Have Another Show Coming to HGTV," 19 Feb. 2019 In the course of its almost 250-year history, Royal Copenhagen has built up leading expertise in porcelain and stoneware production. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen Collaborated With Royal Copenhagen to Make Ceramics With Spirit," 8 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of expertise

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for expertise

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, from espert, expert expert entry 1 + -ise -ice

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The first known use of expertise was in 1868

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English Language Learners Definition of expertise

: special skill or knowledge : the skill or knowledge an expert has


ex·​per·​tise | \ ˌek-spər-ˈtēz How to pronounce expertise (audio) , -ˈtēs\

Kids Definition of expertise

: the skill or knowledge of an expert

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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