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 group of Stanford researchers includes people with expertise in cybersecurity, a law professor and a former president of Estonia, Toomas Ilves, as well as Eileen Donahoe, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council. David Ingram, NBC News, "They watched Russia try to sway voters in 2016. Now, they have 45 ideas to avoid a repeat," 6 June 2019 Expanding Bavaria’s space expertise is smart, even if €700 million isn’t nearly enough to achieve its ambitious goals. Sonja Peteranderl, The Verge, "Bavaria’s space program shot to viral fame — but it may be in trouble," 20 Oct. 2018 Their expertise is available for advising how to best use furniture pieces. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "On the Market/Condo Life: Luxury furnishings complete the high-rise lifestyle," 24 June 2018 His extensive surgical expertise and excellent patient care are well-recognized. Orthocincy,, "Education: Technology and spine care," 4 June 2018 Curry struggled through that game with an injured knee, and his legendary dribbling expertise was an ally gone missing. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ Game 2 a vintage night at Oracle," 3 June 2018 However, his expertise in deployment is only part of the reason Boles and Mark Miles, CEO of IMS’ parent company, Hulman & Co., wanted someone with Dooley’s experience in his position. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "The retired Marine who ‘has the toughest job’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," 24 May 2018 But the problem is, both have similar skill sets as strong safeties whose expertise is working in the box, closer to the line of scrimmage. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins hope Minkah Fizpatrick can become playmaking safety," 27 Apr. 2018 He and Stahl separately explain that professional expertise would have been necessary to dismantle the structure without destroying the porcelain enamel. Jeff Huebner, Chicago Reader, "What ever happened to the King Memorial Mural at 43rd and Langley?," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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