AskDefine | Define proficient

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proficient adj : having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching" [syn: adept, expert, good, practiced, skillful, skilful]

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From the present participle proficiens of the verb proficere.



  1. Good at; skilled; fluent; practiced, especially in relation to a task or skill.
    He was a proficient writer with an interest in human nature.



  1. An expert.

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