ex·​per·​tise | \ˌek-(ˌ)spər-ˈtēz, -ˈtēs \

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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Creating your own site is another option, but that prospect requires a level of technical expertise, and willingness to deal with the headaches of billing and customer service, that many aspiring pornographers just aren’t up for. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "What if porn, but for women," 18 Sep. 2018 Decision-making leadership across society has great technical expertise. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "Get Ready for the Next Financial Crisis," 14 Sep. 2018 Congress has approved shifting $1 million from other programs to fund this year's reviews, and officials are confident the evaluators have sufficient technical expertise, Rockas said. David J. Lynch,, "Flood of U.S. companies seek relief on tariffs," 20 June 2018 Trump is also hampered in follow-on talks by a vacuum of technical expertise in the State Department, despite Pompeo's efforts to replace the veteran diplomats forced out by his predecessor, Rex Tillerson. NBC News, "Trump relies on gut instinct. The North Koreans have 45 years of preparation.," 10 June 2018 As fans clamored for new blood and technical expertise, U.S. Soccer in February elected as its new president ... Chris Ballard,, "The Reflection, Future and Duality of Post-USMNT Jurgen Klinsmann," 16 May 2018 No technical expertise or feats of strength are required, just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and spend a few hours working alongside like-minded arts lovers. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 8 May 2018 McKinsey denies the allegations and says Mr. Alix is motivated by other interests, namely using his bankruptcy expertise and legal prowess to aid AlixPartners. Tom Corrigan, WSJ, "McKinsey, Turnaround Veteran Alix Set to Face Off in Another Coal Bankruptcy," 12 Nov. 2018 What other billionaire would leave his company after one of its most successful (and stressful) weeks, and then use his expertise to design a solution to the problem (even if that solution was immediately deemed unworkable)? Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 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, -ˈtēs\

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: the skill or knowledge of an expert

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