expert

adjective
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) , ik-ˈspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) \

Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : experienced
2 : having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience

expert

noun
ex·​pert | \ ˈek-ˌspərt How to pronounce expert (audio) \

Definition of expert (Entry 2 of 3)

: one with the special skill or knowledge representing mastery of a particular subject

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

Adjective

We received some expert advice. The company has become expert at adapting its products for new clients.

Noun

She was an acknowledged expert on child development. an expert at planning dinner parties
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Koh, however, ruled in favor of the FTC across the board, dismissing Qualcomm’s defenses and deeming testimony of its executives and expert witness as unreliable. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm asks Ninth Circuit to put antitrust sanctions on hold pending appeal," 9 July 2019 Voss' expert witness, financial analyst Scott Hakala, estimated Davenport made $150,000 in revenue a year. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Jim's Car Wash must shutter in a month, Dallas board rules," 19 June 2019 Here are a few great beginner backpacking trips with these expert recommendations in mind. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How to Choose a Trip for Your First Backpacking Experience," 11 Nov. 2018 Delgado's defense attorney closed his case Thursday, as well, after calling an expert witness who analyzed Delgado's phone. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Both sides rest in trial of Brenda Delgado, the woman accused of plotting Dallas dentist's slaying," 6 June 2019 Local authorities, trade unions and workers, all of whom are seen as more responsive than expert panels to local needs, would play a greater role in the management of services. The Economist, "Corbynomics would change Britain—but not in the way most people think," 17 May 2018 As royals expert Katie Nicholl explained to Glamour a few weeks ago, the idea of there being a melodramatic rift between the Fab Four—specifically Markle and Middleton—is a gross exaggeration. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "People Think Prince William and Kate Middleton Snubbed Meghan Markle in This Photo, but I Call B.S.," 22 Apr. 2019 That’s not to say there’s an expert consensus here — far from it. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018 The court heard testimony from a number of key witnesses including Asia McClain and Gerald R. Grant, an expert witness on cell phone technology. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of The Case Against Adnan Syed," 31 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But several experts told The Times that the technology is ready or nearly ready to handle the kind of system LADWP operates. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles is finally ditching coal — and replacing it with another polluting fuel," 16 July 2019 Relationship and tech expert Drouin says there's nothing beneficial to adults. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Long-distance relationships are hard. Touch bracelets, hugging shirts try to make it easier," 16 July 2019 As the Free Press has reported, even the experts disagree on that question. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "High water levels foreshadow huge cost of climate change in Michigan," 16 July 2019 The move was questioned by lawmakers, child-welfare experts and DCS watchdog groups. Arizona Republic, "Did Arizona Department of Child Services try to bar parents from criticizing it?," 16 July 2019 Immigration attorneys and experts say the rule is a violation of domestic and international asylum laws. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Trump's New Restrictions on Asylum Seekers Violate U.S. and International Law, Experts Say," 16 July 2019 The hotel has hired outside experts to conduct testing to determine the source of the outbreak. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "3 cases of Legionnaire’s disease reported at Atlanta hotel; 400 guests relocated," 16 July 2019 San Francisco Mayor London Breed and an expert panel discuss homelessness at the first of two public events. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "SF proposes first safe parking lot for homeless living out of vehicles," 15 July 2019 Whether scientists should continue with them is still a matter of debate among experts. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Humans May Be Accidentally Geoengineering the Oceans," 15 July 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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expert

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" experience entry 1

Noun

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, derivative of expert expert entry 1

Verb

derivative of expert entry 2

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The first known use of expert was in the 14th century

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expert

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of expert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced

expert

noun

English Language Learners Definition of expert (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has special skill or knowledge relating to a particular subject

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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