: having knowledge gained by close association, study, or experience
usually + in
an attorney well versed in corporate law [=an attorney who is knowledgeable about corporate law]
At these points Dr Shepherd seemed very much the newcomer, not yet versed in the institution's codes …Helen Garner
… an eminent naturalist, a gentleman most completely versed in the knowledge of rocks and minerals …Anthony Trollope
Clive used to say that to be a successful moth hunter you need not be a specialist, but many specialists: a biologist, a botanist, a chemist, an ecologist, a meteorologist …—and well versed in Latin.Poppy Adams

Examples of versed in a Sentence

versed in the latest developments in aeronautics well versed in the techniques of laser surgery
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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of versed was in 1563

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“Versed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/versed. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having knowledge or skill as a result of experience or study
well versed in history

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