noun ad·ept [ad-ept, uh-dept] /ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/
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Origin of adept
historical usage of adept
The noun adept originally meant “one who has gained knowledge of the of alchemy, the occult, hermetic philosophy, and magic,” which is Joyce’s use of the word. As both noun and adjective, it developed the more general sense “(a person) highly skilled or proficient in a subject.” The adjective adept appears about a quarter of a century before the noun, but they have the same etymology, coming from Latin adeptus, the perfect participle of adipiscī “to overtake, catch up with, obtain, achieve.”
Adipiscī is a compound formation of the preposition and prefix ad, ad-, here in the sense of “reaching,” and the verb apiscī “to seize hold of, grasp.” Apiscī is a frequentative verb formed from the rare verb apere “to fasten, attach, bind,” whose perfect participle aptus “tied, bound, connected, fitted with, ready for” is very common in Latin and is the source of English apt.
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Example sentences from the Web for adept
Critics point out, however, that some nursing home operators have become adept at funneling profits to affiliated companies, from which they buy a variety of services.
Although the attack on Congress may fit the textbook definition of domestic terrorism, the perpetrators do not appear to have been the kind of well-organized, heavily armed extremists the FBI has become adept at tracking.Domestic Terrorism: A More Urgent Threat, but Weaker Laws|by Sebastian Rotella|January 8, 2021|ProPublica
It’s possible to be young, adept at social marketing, and nonetheless intensely ambivalent about it.Art has been brutalized by tech’s giants. How can it survive?|Konstantin Kakaes|December 23, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The film also has an adept awareness that such statements are always up for careful review and heated debate.In HBO’s magnificent Bee Gees documentary, broken hearts — and icon status — can finally be mended|Hank Stuever|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
Through it all, America’s most popular media outlets have proved extraordinarily adept at finding the clouds in a blue sky and making them the focus of the story.U.S. news coverage of COVID has been more negative than in other countries, researchers find|Geoffrey Colvin|November 29, 2020|Fortune
Bright-eyed young couples intertwine gloved hands as they adeptly navigate the crowds.
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|Daniel Klaidman|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Yossi Alpher|January 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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!|Justin Green|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was a ridiculous stretch actually, at least at this juncture, but writers adeptly worked their way around it.Junior Seau’s Suicide Circus: Why We Love the Violence of Football|Buzz Bissinger|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Adeptly, he seized the right eyelid of M. Max, and rolled it back over his forefinger, disclosing the eyeball.The Yellow Claw|Sax Rohmer
She grazed the adeptly-applied artificial bloom of the other woman's cheek with her lips.The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen