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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Above all, the polio program contains considerable relevant technical expertise, which government officials in Somalia and Mali say has been instrumental in guiding their countries’ pandemic responses. Peter Schwartzstein, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens to Derail Polio Eradication—but There’s a Silver Lining," 22 May 2020 The director-general’s lack of independence deprives the Assembly of Taiwan’s renowned scientific expertise on pandemic disease and further damages the WHO’s credibility and effectiveness at a time when the world needs it the most. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘An abomination’: US fumes as ‘spiteful’ China bars Taiwan from WHO meeting," 18 May 2020 Its skill sets, expertise, and scientific credibility are unmatched in any other domestic or global institution. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Governors perform balancing act to reopen US as nationwide death toll inches toward 90,000," 18 May 2020 Carole Basile, dean at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, will offer her expertise on how school closures will shape students — and schools — in the long run. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Teaching our kids together: Tips from the experts for learning at home," 21 Apr. 2020 For expertise on genetic testing, respondents were more likely to trust Angelina Jolie than Hillary Clinton. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "When Did We Start Taking Famous People Seriously?," 20 Apr. 2020 There are no dues or fees in AA, but some people support it financially or offer professional expertise. Sam Whiting,, "People in recovery struggle without their daily congregation," 31 Mar. 2020 One of the best things religious leaders can do, then, is partner with those in their congregations who are scientists, physicians or have other expertise on how viruses spread. Elaine Howard Ecklund, Time, "How Religious Leaders Can Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus," 21 Mar. 2020 The change is intended to allow the State Department to focus its efforts and expertise on arms that are considered most critical to U.S. national security, like missiles and tanks. Sean Campbell, ProPublica, "As Commerce Dept. Starts Regulating Some Gun Exports, Experts Worry It Doesn’t Have All the Info It Needs," 10 Mar. 2020

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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 2 + -ise -ice

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The first known use of expertise was in 1868

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25 May 2020

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“Expertise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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 \

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: the skill or knowledge of an expert

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