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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The ability to learn how to learn, fluency of ideas, innovation, understanding and empathy of how others will react. Eric Johnson, Vox, "“The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker Pearson," 2 Aug. 2019 The school employs teachers from all over the world, each with fluency in multiple languages to ensure the mission of the district to provide a full multilingual immersion. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Katy fourth grader wins National Spanish Spelling Bee," 26 July 2019 These jobs now require a breathtaking degree of fluency in STEM skills. Scott F. Latham, The Conversation, "What Amazon’s decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future of work," 19 July 2019 But still, Brazil conceded only one goal in the six games of the tournament and, in its good moments, played with a fluency no other side matched. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Brazil Shows Character, Quality in Winning Copa America, Restoring Faith," 7 July 2019 Even Castro, whose lack of fluency in Spanish as the only Latino candidate has been much-discussed, offered a brief bit of bilingualism. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Winners and losers from the Democratic presidential debate’s first night," 27 June 2019 As a candidate, John Kerry was criticized for his fluency in French, and Trump attacked Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio for answering questions in Spanish on the campaign trail. Peter Hessler, Time, "The Case for Embracing Linguistic Identities," 27 June 2019 That placement will offer Mr. Booker the chance to demonstrate his own fluency on the issues while also letting him draw contrasts in tone with the more populist Massachusetts senator. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Is Cory Booker Too Nice? (And Is That Bad?)," 25 June 2019 Ostensibly the questions, as well as data about English fluency and residence of the respondents, were meant to measure how well people were assimilating into American society. Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "The U.S. Census Has a Long History of Discrimination," 20 June 2019

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1636, in the meaning defined above

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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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