adjective pro·fi·cient \prə-ˈfi-shənt\

: good at doing something

Full Definition of PROFICIENT

:  well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge
proficient noun
pro·fi·cient·ly adverb

Examples of PROFICIENT

  1. 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


Latin proficient-, proficiens, present participle of proficere to go forward, accomplish, from pro- forward + facere to make — more at pro-, do
First Known Use: circa 1590

Synonym Discussion of PROFICIENT

proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert mean having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession. proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice <proficient in translating foreign languages>. adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency <adept at doing long division>. skilled stresses mastery of technique <a skilled surgeon>. skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance <skillful drivers>. expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill <expert in the evaluation of wines>.

Rhymes with PROFICIENT

PROFICIENT Defined for Kids


adjective pro·fi·cient \prə-ˈfi-shənt\

Definition of PROFICIENT for Kids

:  very good at doing something <a proficient reader>
pro·fi·cient·ly adverb


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