Definition of fluent
1a : capable of flowing : fluid powered, granular, or fluent materialsb : capable of moving with ease and grace the fluent body of a dancer
2a : capable of using a language easily and accurately fluent in Spanish a fluent writerb : effortlessly smooth and flowing a fluent performance spoke in fluent Englishc : having or showing mastery of a subject or skill fluent in math
Examples of fluent in a Sentence
a fluent speaker of Chinese
a very fluent speaker who always communicates his points well
Recent Examples of fluent from the Web
But big international companies and banks increasingly prefer to hire fluent Mandarin speakers who can help negotiate deals on the mainland.
The friend, who speaks fluent English and was with Hanichet when police questioned her, is the one who came up with that idea, according to Hanichet and Othman Atta, an attorney and Islamic Society member.
Most of those in attendance were rabbis; one was a psychotherapist; all could read Aramaic (the ancient language related to Hebrew), or at least Hebrew itself, and were becoming fluent in the Zohar.
Everyday people can't be expected to keep track of this, or to be fluent in the language of science.
According to the indictment, at some point during his service at the unnamed agency or at a defense contractor, Mallory—who is fluent in Mandarin—secreted out a collection of documents.
Shell Smith, a fluent Arabic speaker who has previously served in Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, came under scrutiny shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month.
A 27-year veteran of the Foreign Service and fluent speaker of Mandarin, Mr. Rank also served in Taiwan, Greece and Mauritius.
The taxi driver who dropped him off told police said his passenger spoke fluent Tagalog and appeared normal during the ride.
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FLUENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fluent for English Language Learners
: able to speak a language easily and very well
: done in a smooth and easy way
FLUENT Defined for Kids
Definition of fluent for Students
1 : able to speak easily and well He was fluent in Spanish.
2 : smooth and correct She speaks fluent German.
Word Root of fluent
The Latin word fluere, meaning “to flow,” gives us the root flu. Words from the Latin fluere have something to do with flowing. A fluid is a substance that flows and is usually a liquid. When someone is fluent in a language the words flow out of her or him. Anything superfluous, or extra, has flowed forth beyond what is necessary.
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