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
If Kieboom gets another shot as the everyday third baseman, he is adept at moving to that spot between first and second.The Nationals’ defensive philosophy is changing. Just look at the shift.|Jesse Dougherty|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
With billions of images online, Google’s machine learning becomes adept at using shapes and other elements to compare and comprehend what the images on your site represent.How visual content can give a boost to your SEO and how to take advantage|Anthony Gaenzle|November 10, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Within these quarters, they exhibited adept political acumen and increasingly demanded leadership recognition.Mixed 2020 election results show that women still face a sexist political culture|Stacie Taranto, Leandra Zarnow|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
The repeat offenders identified by EIP are particularly adept at reframing things that were originally true by quote-tweeting them and adding their own narrative, the report notes.Seven types of election misinformation to watch out for|Abby Ohlheiser|November 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The biggest offender here is the president of the United States, who has proved an adept manipulator of the traditional press to push his disinformation campaign.How officials are protecting the election from ransomware hackers|Bobbie Johnson|October 15, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Adeptness in the performance of our values must be ever-present, but identifying and sticking with those values come first.
If so, the little trick had been done with deplorable spontaneity or adeptness of usage.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
Yet deep in his nature was that obliquity, that adeptness at trickery, that facility in deceit, which made him the success he was.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
Lubimoff was astonished at the way this woman spoke in all seriousness of her present adeptness.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
An adeptness at discovering grievances has lately been one of the principal recommendations to public notice and popular applause.Novanglus, and Massachusettensis|John Adams
She answered shortly enough, and the skimming of the milk was not done with the adeptness which she usually displayed.The Hound From The North|Ridgwell Cullum