Definition of adept in English:

adept

Syllabification: a·dept

adjective

Pronunciation: /əˈdept
 
/
Very skilled or proficient at something: he is adept at cutting through red tape an adept negotiator
More example sentences
  • Other countries are more adept at keeping their judges in check.
  • She has never driven a car but was very adept at handling a pony and cart.
  • Emergency nappy changing is a skill most mothers become quite adept at.
Synonyms
expert, proficient, accomplished, skillful, talented, masterly, masterful, consummate, virtuoso; adroit, dexterous, deft, artful; brilliant, splendid, marvelous, formidable, outstanding, first-rate, first-class, excellent, fine
informal great, top-notch, tip-top, A1, ace, mean, hotshot, crack, nifty, deadly
informal crackerjack

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈadept
 
, əˈdept
 
/
Back to top  
A person who is skilled or proficient at something: they are adepts at kung fu and karate
More example sentences
  • Some Hindi-film adepts, including author-screenwriter Suketu Mehta and Internet Movie Database staffer Michel Hafner have offered help.
  • I will leave that judgment to other kung-fu adepts.
  • To begin with, they are adepts of conspiracy theory, obsessed with information, disinformation, propaganda and its country cousin, mind control.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin adeptus 'achieved', past participle of adipisci 'obtain, attain'.

Derivatives

adeptly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The teacher guides but doesn't boss, adeptly drawing answers out of the class, encouraging them to play, praise and read to their infants, gently urging affection, attention and firmness.
  • It's light and simple, adeptly done and incredibly filling.
  • And even when he is making rather cheap political points, he often does so adeptly.

adeptness

noun
More example sentences
  • The artistic adeptness and the uniqueness of the theme elevate the pictures to an international standard.
  • The nature of this software, with its intelligent objects and adeptness at technical drawings, diagrams, and charts leads to comparisons with Microsoft Visio.
  • However, with imaginative adeptness, the abiku can be here and there simultaneously.

Definition of adept in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ween
Pronunciation: wiːn
verb
be of the opinion; think or suppose