Definition of adept in English:


Pronunciation /əˈdɛpt//ˈadɛpt/


Pronunciation /əˈdɛpt//ˈadɛpt/
  • Very skilled or proficient at something.

    ‘she is adept at cutting through red tape’
    ‘an adept negotiator’
    • ‘But, next season, players will become more attuned to what he is going to do and become more adept at stopping him.’
    • ‘He had grown very adept at using the crutches and now spent less time in bed than ever before.’
    • ‘These wars were difficult affairs against enemies who were as technically adept as the Normans themselves.’
    • ‘But he was also adept at deploying nearly everything that came to hand for promoting evolutionary theory.’
    • ‘He is very adept at using his body to shield defenders from making plays on the ball.’
    • ‘It is tempting to suppose it was the result of adept management.’
    • ‘He was also adept at promoting the scheme to the Australian populace by presenting it as a symbol of national pride.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds are very adept at sipping nectar from any or all these plant groups.’
    • ‘He also was very adept at picking up on people's weaknesses and teasing them, ruffling some feathers.’
    • ‘He doesn't claim to know it all and is very adept at handling guests on his show who think they do.’
    • ‘For Italy it was a day of bitter disappointment as they ran out again battered and bruised by more adept opponents.’
    • ‘She has never driven a car but was very adept at handling a pony and cart.’
    • ‘There was also a mounted element of crossbowmen equally adept at reconnaissance and pursuit.’
    • ‘Performances are enhanced by an intelligent musical score and adept cinematography.’
    • ‘Emergency nappy changing is a skill most mothers become quite adept at.’
    • ‘It was indeed lucky that none of these bandits seemed to be very adept with a sword.’
    • ‘Other countries are more adept at keeping their judges in check.’
    • ‘He's very adept at seeing a play develop, and that gets him to the right spot at the right time.’
    • ‘Your average city worker is very adept at avoiding anyone who looks like they might be giving out leaflets.’
    • ‘We're quite adept at picking out what it is we don't like about other human beings.’
    expert, proficient, accomplished, skilful, talented, gifted, masterly, virtuoso, consummate, peerless
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Pronunciation /ˈadɛpt/
  • A person who is skilled or proficient at something.

    ‘he is an adept at imitation’
    • ‘Usually there'd be a few other permutations of ‘face’ thrown in, with the true adepts raising the whole enterprise to something of an art form.’
    • ‘I will leave that judgment to other kung-fu adepts.’
    • ‘The very concepts of ‘nature’ and ‘human nature’ now can be held up against the light shed by ancient medical writers, religious adepts, and the Christian Fathers.’
    • ‘Some Hindi-film adepts, including author-screenwriter Suketu Mehta and Internet Movie Database staffer Michel Hafner have offered help.’
    • ‘Some people would call it a property of those they call adepts but this is just an elitist illusion.’
    • ‘Like Taine, Cezanne had only contempt for the adepts of a dry, linear style, whom he associated with ascetic, religious (that is, nonsensuous) spirituality.’
    • ‘He became an adept in the cryptologic art, until then almost unknown, and exercised it on behalf of the parliamentary party.’
    • ‘The painter's orphic sleight of hand was abetted by arcane titles that conjure profligate aristocrats, sexual libertines, adepts of the dark arts and drugged esthetes.’
    • ‘For such a normally quick tempered and impatient people they have shown themselves adepts at procrastination and brinkmanship.’
    • ‘Certain adepts are supposedly able to prepare the soup in a way that minimizes this slipperiness, but I can't say that I have ever dined with any.’
    • ‘Is one religion more valuable than another, just because its adepts adhere to one school of thought over another?’
    • ‘In England, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, and in France, Marie Paul Lavoisier presided over such salons and made a name for themselves as scientific adepts.’
    • ‘Instead, it surely refers to a state of total stillness and even abnegation, an ideal that religious adepts of all disciplines have long aspired to.’
    • ‘To begin with, they are adepts of conspiracy theory, obsessed with information, disinformation, propaganda and its country cousin, mind control.’
    • ‘Technical adepts reconfigured Soviet-manufactured radios to receive short wave from abroad, broadcast as part of the cold war.’
    • ‘But he also believes that some of its adepts contributed significantly to the ideology of the 1960s - and not only in Australia.’
    • ‘As knowledgable adepts in Arabic and Farsi, for instance, they are in an excellent position to understand nuances that hard-nosed businessmen may not.’
    • ‘But true adepts would never have been concerned with anything so vulgar as financial gain.’
    • ‘It is reported that some cases of Levitation appear to be spontaneous, while spiritual or magical adepts are said to be able to control it consciously.’
    expert, past master, master, master hand, genius, virtuoso, maestro, doyen, artist, professional, veteran, old hand
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Mid 17th century: from Latin adeptus ‘achieved’, past participle of adipisci ‘obtain, attain’.