- well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer.
- an expert.
Origin of proficient
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Examples from the Web for proficient
Lots of things that now seem canonical would not have been accessible to Leonardo, who was not that proficient in Latin.Anthony Grafton: How I Write
July 17, 2013
“We clearly have a proficient bombmaker in town,” says a European security official.Tripoli on Edge as Fears of Additional Bombings in Libya Escalate
April 30, 2013
The same will not be said about My Week With Marilyn, no matter how proficient Williams is.Good Actors, Bad Movies, and the Oscars
November 29, 2011
More impressive than their appearance were their proficient debating skills.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
As proficient as he was in making people trust him, she eventually became wise to his masquerade.Madoff's Other Girlfriends
August 15, 2009
He was thus well drilled in the reading of music, in which he soon became a proficient.Self-Help
She was highly educated and was proficient in both Greek and Latin.Graded Poetry: Second Year
Do not expect at once to be a proficient in prayer or any part of the Christian life.The Ministry of Intercession
I want to be a proficient in the language, which is my only reason for returning.
And our friend Gorgias is one of the best, and the art in which he is a proficient is the noblest.Gorgias
- having great facility (in an art, occupation, etc); skilled
- an archaic word for an expert
Word Origin and History for proficient
1580s, back-formation from proficiency or else from Old French proficient (15c.), from Latin proficientem (nominative proficiens), present participle of proficere "to make progress, go forward, effect, accomplish, be useful" (see proficiency). Related: Proficiently.