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