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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
Some are more advanced offensively, some more proficient defensively.
Doom was more than just a technically proficient game with a smart business plan.
The two-hour concert was sometimes stupefying, sometimes riveting, and brimmed with ideas, if not always the most proficient means of realizing them.
These open-air soirées bring out lovebirds of all generations, the clumsy but enthusiastic, and, best of all, dapper, highly proficient devotees (often of a certain age) who come to strut their stuff.
Among black eighth-graders in Wisconsin, 9% scored as proficient in reading and 52% in the lowest category, below basic.
The Saints saw him as more proficient as the box safety.
Daniels, who reclassified from a junior to a senior in the offseason, and is, considered one of the most proficient prospects in this year’s recruiting class despite his age. 3.
Though Denver student achievement is growing from year to year, the vast majority of the district's students are still not proficient in math or reading.
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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.
accomplished, ace, adept, complete, consummate, crack, crackerjack, educated, experienced, expert, good, great, master, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), skilled, skillful, versed, veteran, virtuoso;
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
PROFICIENT Defined for English Language Learners
: good at doing something
PROFICIENT Defined for Kids
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