- 1Having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully: a highly competent surgeon [with infinitive]: make sure the firm is competent to carry out the workMore example sentences
- But it may be some time before they do their part to teach young people all the skills necessary to become competent, successful adults.
- As a result, colleges of agriculture must ensure that graduates are competent in computer skills necessary for success with regard to these trends.
- Please approach a general surgeon who is competent to do both forms of surgery.
- 1.1(Of a person) efficient and capable: an infinitely competent mother of threeMore example sentences
capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished, skilful, skilled, gifted, talented, masterly, virtuoso, expert, knowledgeable, qualified, trained; efficient, good, excellent, brilliantNorth American • informal crackerjack• vulgar slang shit-hot• archaic or • humorous compleat• rare habile
- Use words that show her that she is competent, capable, and talented.
- For example, there's an ingrained distrust in our society of highly intelligent, highly trained, highly competent persons.
- Tang and Siew are both talented and competent persons.
- 1.2Acceptable and satisfactory, though not outstanding: she spoke quite competent FrenchMore example sentences
- K - 19: The Widowmaker is a competent, satisfactory submarine movie.
- We'd been warned about possible poor service, but actually it was competent, if not outstanding.
- But most were at least competent, some outstanding.
- 1.3(Of a court or other body) accepted as having legal authority to deal with a particular matter: the London Stock Exchange is the competent authority under the Financial Services ActMore example sentences
- In other words, this is a finding of fact for the competent authority dealing with the case in the first instance and which, for reasons we give hereunder, we should not interfere with.
- I went to court because the court is the only competent authority to judge whether the allegation holds or not.
- It is a question of fact and degree in respect of which the court will only interfere with the decision of the competent authority if its conclusion is plainly wrong.
- 1.4 Biology & Medicine Capable of performing the normal function effectively.More example sentences
- ‘This work challenges the view that neonates are not immune competent at birth,’ said Dr Griebel.
- The corrected reticulocyte index should be elevated in patients with an acute anemia but a competent bone marrow.
- Thirdly, simvastatin inhibits endothelial cell apoptosis and preserves ischaemic vasculature, perhaps maintaining a competent vascular supply to the macula.
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- How is it possible to do one's job competently or professionally if one doesn't know certain key facts relevant to said job?
- She still liked to walk rather than drive, but she had her license and was able to drive competently, if not expertly.
- It also points out that veterinary nurses are barred by law from giving animals injections, even though nurses practise competently on humans.
late Middle English (in the sense 'suitable, adequate'): from Latin competent-, from the verb competere in its earlier sense 'be fit or proper' (see compete).