adept

[ adjective uh-dept; noun ad-ept, uh-dept ]
/ adjective əˈdɛpt; noun ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt /

adjective

very skilled; proficient; expert: an adept juggler.

noun ad·ept [ad-ept, uh-dept] /ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/

a skilled or proficient person; expert.

Nearby words

  1. adenylate kinase,
  2. adenylic acid,
  3. adeodatus i,
  4. adeodatus ii,
  5. adephagia,
  6. adeptly,
  7. adequacy,
  8. adequate,
  9. adequate stimulus,
  10. adequately

Origin of adept

1655–65; < Medieval Latin adeptus one who has attained (the secret of transmuting metals), noun use of L past participle of adipiscī to attain to (ad- ad- + -ep-, combining form of ap- in aptus apt + -tus past participle suffix)

Related forms
Can be confusedadapt adept adopt

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British Dictionary definitions for adeptly

adept

adjective (əˈdɛpt)

very proficient in something requiring skill or manual dexterity
skilful; expert

noun (ˈædɛpt)

a person who is skilled or proficient in something
Derived Formsadeptly, adverbadeptness, noun

Word Origin for adept

C17: from Medieval Latin adeptus, from Latin adipiscī to attain, from ad- to + apiscī to attain

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