proficient

[ pruh-fish-uhnt ]
/ prəˈfɪʃ ənt /

adjective

well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer.

noun

an expert.

Nearby words

  1. professorship,
  2. proffer,
  3. profibrinolysin,
  4. proficiency,
  5. proficiency badge,
  6. proficiently,
  7. profile,
  8. profile component,
  9. profile drag,
  10. profiler

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 Formsproficiency, nounproficiently, adverb

Word Origin for proficient

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

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Word Origin and History for proficient

proficient

adj.

1580s, back-formation from proficiency or else from Old French proficient (15c.), from Latin proficientem (nominative proficiens), present participle of proficere "to make progress, go forward, effect, accomplish, be useful" (see proficiency). Related: Proficiently.

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