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proficient Syllabification: pro·fi·cient
Pronunciation: /prəˈfiSHənt/

Definition of proficient in English:


Competent or skilled in doing or using something: I was proficient at my job she felt reasonably proficient in Italian
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  • Although he was very proficient at these jobs, he soon decided to pursue higher education.
  • As man became more and more proficient in making war, he also became wiser in means of defense.
  • Though obviously very proficient at what they do, they are also used to their own way of doing things.


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A person who is proficient: he became a proficient in Latin and Greek
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  • I tried my very best daily to become a proficient of it.


Pronunciation: /prəˈfiSH(ə)n(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • In this era of liberalisation and privatisation, sport is an important instrument that needs to be professionally and proficiently marketed.
  • It doesn't take you a year to learn to hurdle, but it does take you a year to learn how to race at it proficiently enough to be successful.
  • He plays the guitar, he plays bass very proficiently, he's a great producer.


Late 16th century: from Latin proficient- 'advancing', from the verb proficere, from pro- 'on behalf of' + facere 'do, make'.

Words that rhyme with proficient

coefficient, efficient, sufficient
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