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Examples of proficient in a Sentence
- With this system, a large pool of teachers are asked to identify students they believe are proficient in a given subject; those students are then tested, and their grades stand as the proficiency range. —Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, 15 Sept. 2003
- Dr. Pascual-Leone recruited 15 proficient Braille readers and wired them up so he could measure their somatosensory cortex—the part of the brain that registers and processes the sense of touch. —Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal, 11 Oct. 2002
- Become proficient at lag putting and you may make a few. —Dave Pelz, Golf Magazine, July 1996
He has become very proficient at computer programming.
She is proficient in two foreign languages.
Recent Examples of proficient from the Web
In both subjects, fewer West Aurora students were proficient than students statewide, the data show.
This would be a particularly hard group to defend because everyone is proficient from the 3-point line, including Green, who shot 37 percent from the arc as a senior.
Margaret Rauch Downers Grove, Ill. Which computer language exactly will still be relevant by the time a student has become proficient?
Homeless students who were designated as English Language Learners generally took longer to become proficient in the language.
Here in Louisiana, only 18 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient in math and only 24 percent scored proficient in reading on the 2015 NAEP assessment -- both below the national average of 32 percent proficiency.
The call to action video, which also includes an ASL proficient King asking a diverse array of deaf customers for input, is equal parts delightful and moving.
Seventy-eight percent of black fourth-graders and 71 percent of Latino fourth-graders in Indiana are not proficient in reading, compared to 56 percent of the state's white fourth-graders, according to the Indiana Youth Institute.
The score by Stephen Weiner (music) and Peter Mills (lyrics) is proficient and yet totally unmemorable.
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Comparing efficient, effective, and proficient
These three words cover some overlapping territory.
Efficient most often describes what is capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy. While the word can be applied to both people and things, it is far more commonly applied to things, such as machines, systems, processes, and organizations. The focus of the word is on how little is wasted or lost while the desired results are produced.
Effective typically describes things—such as policies, treatments, arguments, and techniques—that do what they are intended to do. People can also be described as effective when they accomplish what they set out to accomplish, but the word is far more often applied to things.
Proficient typically describes people, and it often is followed by the preposition at. If you are proficient at something, you are very good at it. You are, in fact, so good at doing it that you are unusually efficient when you do it. One can also be proficient in something, such as a language.
Synonymsaccomplished, ace, adept, compleat, complete, consummate, crack, crackerjack, educated, experienced, expert, good, great, master, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), professed, skilled, skillful, versed, veteran, virtuoso
Antonymsamateur, amateurish, inexperienced, inexpert, jackleg, unprofessional, unseasoned, unskilled, unskillful
Related Wordsadroit, clever, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), handy, slick, sure-handed; gifted, talented; polished, refined; effective, effectual, efficient, workmanlike; able, capable, competent, employable, fit, fitted, habile, qualified; educated, knowledgeable, schooled, taught, trained, tutored; all-around (also all-round), well-rounded; long-term, old; multiskilled, multitalented
Near Antonymsincapable, incompetent, inept, unable, unfit, unfitted, unqualified, weak; artless, crude, rude; ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient; talentless, ungifted, untalented; ignorant, unschooled, untaught, untrained, untutored; beginning, green, inexperienced, new, raw, unseasoned, untested, untried, would-be; primitive, rough, unpolished; awkward, clumsy, ham-fisted, ham-handed, heavy-handed
Synonym Discussion of proficient
- proficient in translating foreign languages
- adept at doing long division
- a skilled surgeon
- skillful drivers
- expert in the evaluation of wines
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