Definition of mastery in English:



  • 1Comprehensive knowledge or skill in a particular subject or activity.

    ‘she played with some mastery’
    • ‘By using this example, I do not mean to suggest that mastery of technical skill is not important, only that it is not sufficient.’
    • ‘Yet, accomplished mastery of all the knowledge and techniques important to preaching may not make the preacher successful.’
    • ‘This narrative voice challenges our desire for mastery of knowledge.’
    • ‘It's purity and balanced design reveals Gill's mastery and understanding of classic letterforms.’
    • ‘His quest for knowledge and mastery extends beyond the proper way to run a slant pattern, although he could tell you that, step by step.’
    • ‘Thus, additional practice and greater skill mastery is recommended in preparation for night diving activities.’
    • ‘The multiple-choice questions do not give the opportunity for the student to convey his mastery on the subject.’
    • ‘Their enthusiastic presentation demonstrated their mastery of the subject and of the skills necessary to execute their projects.’
    • ‘I have discovered it is the lack of mastery of these important subjects that tends to haunt a student throughout musical study.’
    • ‘A good article requires mastery of the subject and research, so does lecturing.’
    • ‘Our professional mastery of aerospace power, our knowledge and doctrine create an advantage that is not easily eroded.’
    • ‘This demonstrates how dichotomous scoring cannot reward students for less than full knowledge or mastery of the content area.’
    • ‘Then, you'll be able to convert that knowledge into the total mastery of your machine.’
    • ‘Yet mastery of some knowledge and the art of control is the secret of success.’
    • ‘You resolve business and professional matters effortlessly with mastery and expertise.’
    • ‘It also calls for questions that test the mastery of specific knowledge, skill, or ability statements.’
    • ‘A craftsman must be master of his tools, and mastery is impossible without intimate knowledge.’
    • ‘Over a number of crucial commands he has displayed technical mastery and an exceptional ability to command and lead effectively.’
    • ‘It would be good if there were more people with real mastery of other subjects.’
    • ‘You can move people from the basic level of just knowing how to do something to real mastery of the subject.’
    skill, skilfulness, expertise, dexterity, finesse, adroitness, virtuosity, prowess, deftness, proficiency
    proficiency, ability, capability
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    1. 1.1The action of mastering a subject or skill.
      ‘a child's mastery of language’
      • ‘The mastery of at least two languages as well as the mother tongue is essential to secure the future of British society.’
      • ‘For one so young, her mastery over this archaic tongue was surprising.’
      • ‘The audience responded the way it would to any foreigner, whose mastery of the language could be restricted to the pleasantries.’
      • ‘Of course, before you can get cracking on a second dialect, it helps if you've achieved some level of mastery of your first language.’
      • ‘Its new rendition emphasized equity through English language mastery and transitional bilingual education.’
      • ‘We learn this when we come into a strange country with entirely strange traditions; and, what is more, even given a mastery of the country's language.’
      • ‘He has no mastery of the Brackish language, but he knows a challenge when he hears one.’
      • ‘The scene is significant because it points up the connection between mastery of language and mastery of social situation.’
      • ‘Yet to become a qualified working member of staff at an international conference, mastery of foreign languages is far from enough.’
      • ‘Her mastery of his language was better than his mastery of hers.’
      • ‘The primary focus of the sessions is to increase the mastery of the English language.’
      • ‘In this scenario, your mastery of the English language will do you no good.’
      • ‘Not all these capacities depend on one's mastery of a language.’
      • ‘As children gain mastery in real skills, they should take pride in their accomplishments.’
      • ‘As children gain mastery over language skills, they become more sophisticated in their conversational abilities.’
      • ‘It is in the early years that languages can most easily be learned, and the mastery of a second language makes that of a third even easier.’
      • ‘The requirement that you prove your mastery of the Bulgarian language has, as reported in The Sofia Echo some time ago, been removed.’
      • ‘His mastery of the English language has often been in dispute but ‘Chronicles’ will surely put an end to the debate.’
  • 2Control or superiority over someone or something.

    ‘man's mastery over nature’
    • ‘The pioneer legend had asserted human mastery over nature; ‘wilderness’ asserted the moral claim of nature over humans.’
    • ‘Achieve mastery over your body by identifying with your soul.’
    • ‘The third section tells how one gains mastery over natural forces through thought control.’
    • ‘Those are the people that want to control you and have mastery over the way that you think.’
    • ‘Narcissism and narcissistic identification both involve phantasies of power, omnipotence, mastery and control.’
    • ‘The calmness combined with the mask's ability gave him an unprecedented level of power and mastery over the stones.’
    • ‘He sat in silence while the soldiers enjoyed themselves; he had enough mastery over himself to not act rashly.’
    • ‘He wanted obedience and he wanted mastery over the boy.’
    • ‘The reason, argue two recent books, is that the developed world's technical mastery over water has led to a false sense of security.’
    • ‘The development of agriculture allowed for our increasing mastery over nature.’
    • ‘And the free market is a useful servant, but when it claims total mastery over human life, we know what the consequences are.’
    • ‘The excitement comes from its depiction of mastery over the void, made possible by the invention of a new skin - the space suit.’
    • ‘The practice of Yoga is more or less physical in nature, through chanting, breathing and other exercises one tries to achieve physical mastery over the body.’
    • ‘Every inhabitant of the city, however great or humble, seeks to achieve some measure of mastery over it.’
    • ‘Thus, these are terms applied to the geographic extent of achieving zero incidence, not to the degree of our mastery over the pathogen.’
    • ‘He is seated on a tiger skin, a symbol of power, showing his mastery over the animal world.’
    • ‘A discipline and some mastery over one's own mood are indispensable.’
    • ‘It's a humbling thought that we may have mastery over the land, but the majority of the Earth is a realm where no human can tread…’
    • ‘Only one other of his bloodline had ever tried to gain mastery over the artifact, and had been condemned for his impertinence.’
    • ‘But on the whole, in the ancient world, mastery over nature was not a plausible goal of inquiry.’
    control, superiority, domination, command, ascendancy, supremacy, pre-eminence, triumph, victory, the upper hand, the whip hand, rule, government, power, sway, authority, jurisdiction, dominion, sovereignty
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Middle English: from Old French maistrie, from maistre master.