- very skilled; proficient; expert: an adept juggler.
- a skilled or proficient person; expert.
Origin of adept
Examples from the Web for adeptly
Bright-eyed young couples intertwine gloved hands as they adeptly navigate the crowds.Christmas Misfits Unite
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December 24, 2013
He adeptly shepherded some of the most legally and politically fraught policy matters at DOD.Exclusive: Jeh Johnson Tapped to Lead Department of Homeland Security
October 17, 2013
Until this latest attack, the Netanyahu-Barak duo had adeptly managed to avoid involvement in the Syrian revolution.Israel Must Not Get Swallowed Up By Anarchy In Syria
January 31, 2013
Greenwald and Matt Welch have adeptly handled this piece of stinking hubris from our just reelected President.Obama's Fear: Good God, a Republican Might Use These War Powers in a Way I Wouldn't Like!
November 26, 2012
Adeptly, he seized the right eyelid of M. Max, and rolled it back over his forefinger, disclosing the eyeball.The Yellow Claw
- very proficient in something requiring skill or manual dexterity
- skilful; expert
- a person who is skilled or proficient in something
Word Origin and History for adeptly
"an expert," especially "one who is skilled in the secrets of anything," 1660s, from Latin adeptus (see adept (adj.)). The Latin adjective was used as a noun in this sense in Medieval Latin among alchemists.