proficient

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin proficiens, present participle of proficere (to go forward, advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable or useful), from pro (forth, forward) + facere (to make, do); see fact.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəˈfɪʃ.ənt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹoʊˈfɪʃ.ənt/, /pɹoʊˈfɪʃ.ənʔ/
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proficient (comparative more proficient, superlative most proficient)

  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.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5
      By constant playing and experimenting with these he learned to tie rude knots, and make sliding nooses; and with these he and the younger apes amused themselves. What Tarzan did they tried to do also, but he alone originated and became proficient.

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Noun[edit]

proficient (plural proficients)

  1. An expert.

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Verb[edit]

prōficient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of prōficiō