- well-advanced or competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled: a proficient swimmer.
- an expert.
Origin of proficient
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Related Wordsstrongly, closely, smoothly, nicely, fully, successfully, accurately, effectively, completely, properly, correctly, thoroughly, carefully, adequately, efficiently, ably, handily, neatly, nimbly, skillfully
- having great facility (in an art, occupation, etc); skilled
- an archaic word for an expert
Word Origin and History for proficiently
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.