Definition of mastery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmast(ə)rē/


1Comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment: she played with some mastery
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  • Yet, accomplished mastery of all the knowledge and techniques important to preaching may not make the preacher successful.
  • This demonstrates how dichotomous scoring cannot reward students for less than full knowledge or mastery of the content area.
  • His quest for knowledge and mastery extends beyond the proper way to run a slant pattern, although he could tell you that, step by step.
1.1The action or process of mastering a subject or accomplishment: a child’s mastery of language
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  • As children gain mastery over language skills, they become more sophisticated in their conversational abilities.
  • The scene is significant because it points up the connection between mastery of language and mastery of social situation.
  • His mastery of the English language has often been in dispute but ‘Chronicles’ will surely put an end to the debate.
2Control or superiority over someone or something: man’s mastery over nature
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  • Those are the people that want to control you and have mastery over the way that you think.
  • The third section tells how one gains mastery over natural forces through thought control.
  • He is seated on a tiger skin, a symbol of power, showing his mastery over the animal world.


Middle English: from Old French maistrie, from maistre 'master'.

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Syllabification: mas·ter·y

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