fluent

adjective
flu·​ent | \ˈflü-ənt \

Definition of fluent 

1a : capable of flowing : fluid powered, granular, or fluent materials

b : 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 writer

b : effortlessly smooth and flowing a fluent performance spoke in fluent English

c : having or showing mastery of a subject or skill fluent in math

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Other Words from fluent

fluently adverb

Examples of fluent in a Sentence

a fluent speaker of Chinese a very fluent speaker who always communicates his points well

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The service members affected by the recent discharges all enlisted in recent years under a special program aimed at bringing medical specialists and fluent speakers of 44 sought-after languages into the military. Author: Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Anchorage Daily News, "The US Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits," 5 July 2018 The afterschool program provides weekly art and music classes studying famous artists and musical instruments, and their language program teachers are fluent in English with experience in early childhood education. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Town & Country, "These Preschools Are the Ivy League of Early Education," 11 Oct. 2016 Many agents spoke fluent Spanish, which came in handy as the team worked their way through a list of six targets. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "ICE sweeps, 'collateral' arrests spark terror in immigrant communities," 15 June 2018 But her fluent Spanish throughout the conversation show her Latin roots. Billboard Argentina, Billboard, "Lauren Jauregui Says, 'Immigration is a Human Right': Interview," 15 June 2018 This high pressing, fluent passing, counter attack wielding trio - who occupied three of the four Champions League places from 2017/18 - has put pressure on the other top sides to deliver similarly scintillating football. SI.com, "Why Laurent Blanc is the Worst Possible Managerial Choice for Chelsea in 2018," 8 June 2018 The service members affected by the recent discharges all enlisted in recent years under a special program aimed at bringing medical specialists and fluent speakers of 44 sought-after languages into the military. Author: Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Anchorage Daily News, "The US Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits," 5 July 2018 The beloved gorilla Koko, famous for being fluent in sign language, passed away in her sleep Tuesday in Woodside, California. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Koko, the gorilla famous for knowing sign language, dies in her sleep," 21 June 2018 The service members affected by the recent discharges all enlisted in recent years under a special program aimed at bringing medical specialists and fluent speakers of 44 sought-after languages into the military. CBS News, "U.S. Army abruptly discharging immigrant recruits: AP," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of fluent

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fluent

Latin fluent-, fluens, present participle of fluere — more at fluid

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fluent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fluent

: able to speak a language easily and very well

: done in a smooth and easy way

fluent

adjective
flu·​ent | \ˈflü-ənt \

Kids Definition of fluent

1 : able to speak easily and well He was fluent in Spanish.

2 : smooth and correct She speaks fluent German.

Other Words from fluent

fluently \ -​ənt-​lē \ adverb

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