Synonyms of competent in English:
1 he's an extremely competent carpenter
capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished, skilful, skilled, gifted, talented, masterly, virtuoso, expert, knowledgeable, qualified, trained;
North American informal crackerjack
vulgar slang shit-hot
archaic or humorous compleat
2 she spoke quite competent French
adequate, acceptable, satisfactory, reasonable, fair, decent, good enough, sufficiently good, not bad, all right, average, tolerable, passable, moderate, middling;
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competent, capable, efficient, able
These words are all used to express approval of people who are good at what they do.Someone described as competent has the necessary skill or knowledge to perform a particular task or fulfil a particular role ( a team of competent trainers | he has been pronounced competent to drive). Alternatively, they may have the general skill and intelligence to cope with any task ( he is the most experienced and competent man around). When applied to people engaged in an artistic activity, competent may convey mere technical proficiency, contrasted with brilliance or genius ( she was never more than a competent actress).Describing someone as capable conveys a sense of confidence that any task entrusted to them will be done reliably and well. The word suggests not only competence but also a practicality and organization which ensure that everything that is necessary will be done ( he left the management of their lives largely to his highly capable wife). It is also used to refer to a specific quality or ability ( I've got players here capable of playing for England).An efficient person does whatever they have to do quickly and well and without wasting any effort ( he had a most efficient young secretary | teachers become more efficient at writing objectives the more they practise).Describing someone as able emphasizes the intellectual capacity or the talent that makes them good at what they do ( the department attracts able students from across the country). Like capable, able can also refer to a more specific capacity ( if anything went wrong I wouldn't be able to cope).
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