flu·​en·​cy | \ ˈflü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce fluency (audio) \

Definition of fluency

: the quality or state of being fluent

Examples of fluency in a Sentence

She speaks with great fluency. Students must demonstrate fluency in a foreign language to earn a degree. a dancer known for her fluency and grace He plays the piano with speed and fluency.
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Recent Examples on the Web Reading books and passages again and again is a great way to develop students’ fluency and comprehension. Kindel Turner Nash, The Conversation, "Teaching kids to read during the coronavirus pandemic: 5 questions answered," 25 Sep. 2020 Back in Michigan, Chang hopes that stimulation of specific parts of the brain during speech could improve fluency. Amber Dance Knowable Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Neuroscientists Are Discovering About Stuttering," 4 Sep. 2020 Winery owners and winemakers need fluency in this language in order to interact with distributors, retailers and customers. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Wine’s diversity issue starts with the way we talk about the taste of wine," 8 Sep. 2020 His mother, the astronomer, gave him a basic fluency in the language of the universe and stoked his curiosity about the cosmos. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel," 3 Sep. 2020 Each week, children will participate in a one-on-one 60-minute tutoring session to reinforce decoding, fluency and comprehension skills. Staff Reports, NOLA.com, "Gretna crime tips hotline, and more metro-area community news," 2 Sep. 2020 One such upshot has been an increase in digital fluency across the board at the Smithsonian, and a realization that telework is in many cases a smarter option than reporting to a building every day. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Does the Smithsonian Look Like in the Post-COVID Era?," 28 July 2020 The entrance exams themselves are not simply written affairs or multiple-choice tests, but involve oral exams in which a faculty jury asks prospective students to speak with fluency on a range of topics—more like the bar exam than the SAT. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "France Is Officially Color-Blind. Reality Isn’t.," 9 July 2020 Lam’s time abroad and fluency in the minutiae of Hong Kong’s economy impressed the international business community, a significant power center. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of fluency

1636, in the meaning defined above

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29 Sep 2020

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“Fluency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluency. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fluency

: the ability to speak easily and smoothly especially : the ability to speak a foreign language easily and effectively
: the ability to do something in a way that seems very easy


flu·​en·​cy | \ ˈflü-ən-sē How to pronounce fluency (audio) \

Kids Definition of fluency

: the ability to speak easily and well Students must demonstrate fluency in a foreign language.

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