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proficient

[ pruh-fish-uhnt ]
/ prəˈfɪʃ ənt /
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adjective
well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer.
noun
an expert.
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Origin of proficient

1580–90; <Latin prōficient- (stem of prōficiēns) present participle of prōficere to advance, make progress, equivalent to prō-pro-1 + -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do1. See -ent, efficient

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British Dictionary definitions for proficient

proficient
/ (prəˈfɪʃənt) /

adjective
having great facility (in an art, occupation, etc); skilled
noun
an archaic word for an expert

Derived forms of proficient

proficiency, nounproficiently, adverb

Word Origin for proficient

C16: from Latin prōficere to make progress, from pro- 1 + facere to make
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