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  1. expert skill or knowledge; expertness; know-how: business expertise.
  2. a written opinion by an expert, as concerning the authenticity or value of a work of art, manuscript, etc.
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Origin of expertise1

1865–70; < French: survey, report (made by experts); -ise taken as an abstract noun suffix. See expert, -ise2


verb (used with or without object), ex·pert·ised, ex·pert·ising. Chiefly British.
  1. expertize.
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verb (used with or without object), ex·pert·ized, ex·pert·iz·ing.
  1. to study or investigate as an expert.
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Also especially British, ex·pert·ise.

Origin of expertize

First recorded in 1885–90; expert + -ize
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  • The passage is evidence for Ovid's expertise and interest in law.

  • The large size and diversified operations of the agroindustrial complexes place a heavy demand upon the expertise of management.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • His existence was becoming more and more barren of expertise.

    Royal Highness

    Thomas Mann

  • Elsie French noticed the expertise of her talk; the intellectual development it implied; the passion of will which accompanied it.

    Marriage la mode

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • This was a well-calculated and popular step, which however did not make much difference from the point of view of expertise.

    Royal Highness

    Thomas Mann

British Dictionary definitions for expertise


  1. special skill, knowledge, or judgment; expertness
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Word Origin

C19: from French: expert skill, from expert



  1. US to act as an expert or give an expert opinion (on)
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Word Origin and History for expertise


1868, from French expertise (16c.) "expert appraisal, expert's report," from expert (see expert). Earlier in same sense was expertness (c.1600).

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