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Meaning of proficient by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin proficiens, present participle of proficere ( “to go forward, advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable or useful” ), from pro ( “forth, forward” ) + facere ( “to make, do” ); see fact .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /pɹəˈfɪʃ.ənt/, SAMPA: /pr@"fIS.@nt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /pɹoʊˈfɪʃ.ənt/, /pɹoʊˈfɪʃ.ənʔ/


    proficient ( comparative more proficient, superlative most proficient )

    1. Good at; skilled; fluent; practiced, especially in relation to a task or skill .
      He was a proficient writer with an interest in human nature .



    proficient ( plural: proficients )

    1. An expert .


    External links

    • proficient in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • proficient in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of proficient by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

    2. a proficient engineer
    3. of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill

    Definition of proficient by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Proficient n. [L. proficiens, -entis, p. pr. of proficere to go forward, make progress; pro forward + facere to make. See Fact, and cf. Profit, ( )] One who has made considerable advances in any business, art, science, or branch of learning; an expert; an adept; as, “proficient in a trade; a proficient in mathematics, music, etc.”

    2. Proficient a. Well advanced in any branch of knowledge or skill; possessed of considerable acquirements; well-skilled; versed; adept,