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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Other Words from expert

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 In January 2019, United Nations human rights experts sent detailed information to the Indian Government on 15 of the cases, 13 of whom were Muslims. Nilanjana Bhowmick/new Delhi, Time, "Why This Indian State Is Witnessing the Country's Most Violent Anti Citizenship-Law Protests," 1 Jan. 2020 Conservation experts were tapped to help transform palaces, temples, and gardens into a regal property with plenty of old-world panache. Chadner Navarro, Fortune, "2020’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings," 1 Jan. 2020 What experts do know is that state officials should plan to contain hog populations sooner rather than later. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Feral hogs, a familiar Texas pest, are roaming north," 1 Jan. 2020 But these experts say this is no reason for concern. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "What to expect in 2020? We asked the experts for predictions, and they gave us 5," 31 Dec. 2019 Paco Underhill, psychologist and consumer behavior expert, says this is a trend that happens all around the world and has just recently come to the United States. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Expert says country-wide mall brawls happen all over the world, just now hitting the U.S.," 31 Dec. 2019 That would be quick, as far as federal judicial nominations go, said one expert. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Will President Trump finally fill a long-open seat on Milwaukee federal court?," 31 Dec. 2019 The news report says physical and documentary evidence and witness and expert testimony were presented to the court but gave no details. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Chinese scientist who produced genetically altered babies sentenced to 3 years in jail," 30 Dec. 2019 With no easy answer to the price of prescription drugs, advocates, lawmakers and experts continue to grapple with how to solve the problem. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Jeremy Crawford couldn't afford his high-priced insulin. That contributed to his death.," 29 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On this week’s podcast, The Awardist hosts — EW digital director Shana Naomi Krochmal and EW editor and awards expert David Canfield — are joined by EW editor in chief JD Heyman and EW writer and awards expert Joey Nolfi. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The Awardist podcast: What should we make of this year's Oscar nominations?," 14 Jan. 2020 The proposals are the result of the group's discussions about data collected by the Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as public testimony and expert presentations heard across the state. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "18 ways Michigan could change its criminal justice process," 14 Jan. 2020 Brown is an avid, accomplished angler who has fished lakes across Southern California and an expert turkey hunter who has ventured throughout Southern California and beyond. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Outdoors Hall of Fame honors 5 who fostered call of the wild," 11 Jan. 2020 Customers purchased these glasses for everyone from their shark expert daughters to their Floridian in-laws. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This Wine Glass Makes It Seem Like There’s a Tiny Shark Swimming in Your Drink," 26 Dec. 2019 But aside from churning out new hits, Gomez's return has also provided onlookers with some expert winter outfit inspo. Halie Lesavag, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Wore Two Chic Winter Outfits to Promote ‘Rare’," 15 Dec. 2019 Even if the Christmas Oratorio were performed as often as Handel’s Messiah, the performances in store here next week will be required listening for Bach lovers, the work of close and expert musical forces. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Apollo’s Fire takes holiday road less traveled with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio," 4 Dec. 2019 Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Senator John Kennedy says he was "wrong" to say Ukraine may have hacked DNC server," 26 Nov. 2019 Our highly professional and expert career foreign service is being undermined. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Is Fiona Hill, the Scathing Star Witness in the Trump Impeachment Hearings?," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 That task force—which includes lawmakers, members of law enforcement, the state secretary of corrections, and a crime survivor who lost a child to murder—has spent 10 months reviewing studies and listening to expert testimony. Larry Hannan, Slate Magazine, "Is the “Incarceration Capital of the World” Finally Ready to Lose Its Title?," 6 Apr. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expertly. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for expert

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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