Definition of adept in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdept/
Very skilled or proficient at something: he is adept at cutting through red tape an adept negotiator
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  • 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.
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


Pronunciation: /ˈadept/
A person who is skilled or proficient at something: they are adepts at kung fu and karate
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  • 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.
expert, past master, master, genius, maestro, doyen, virtuoso
informal wizard, demon, ace, hotshot, whiz, maven, crackerjack



Pronunciation: /əˈdep(t)lē/
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.


Pronunciation: /əˈdep(t)nəs/
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.


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

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Syllabification: a·dept

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