Definition of proficient in English:



  • Competent or skilled in doing or using something.

    ‘I was proficient at my job’
    ‘she felt reasonably proficient in Italian’
    • ‘It is no longer enough to be a beer pong champion - you must also be proficient in flag football and volleyball.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, the series went in favour of the team that was more professional and proficient in skills as well as in strategies.’
    • ‘It may not be possible for all of us to be experts, but we can, with practice, become reasonably proficient.’
    • ‘He says he doesn't have the patience required to become proficient.’
    • ‘Though obviously very proficient at what they do, they are also used to their own way of doing things.’
    • ‘He coached them in becoming proficient riders and huntsmen, skilled archers and unyielding wrestlers.’
    • ‘I'm not nearly that proficient, but a bit of ambidexterity can benefit any golfer.’
    • ‘It is fascinating to watch a complete novice become proficient in a specialised job in a mere four weeks.’
    • ‘A.C. developed an interest in martial arts and became quite proficient.’
    • ‘As man became more and more proficient in making war, he also became wiser in means of defense.’
    • ‘With medicine, the school and the state are throwing all kinds of resources at me to make me proficient.’
    • ‘It is believed that the vast majority of these students will eventually become proficient.’
    • ‘To do less is to be less than fully proficient on matters of critical importance to our national security.’
    • ‘Jim was brought up in China until the age of six, but later continued his interest in China and was proficient in the Chinese language.’
    • ‘He knows exactly what he wants and is very proficient and professional.’
    • ‘Not only will you feel proficient, but you will probably do it more often.’
    • ‘Some of us were less proficient than others with our chopsticks!’
    • ‘Although he was very proficient at these jobs, he soon decided to pursue higher education.’
    • ‘Like any proficient superhero I didn't take up this job for the accolades.’
    • ‘To meet those challenges, scholars must be proficient in more than one area of study.’
    skilled, skilful, expert, accomplished, experienced, practised, trained, seasoned, well versed, adept, adroit, deft, dexterous, able, capable, competent, professional, effective, apt, handy, talented, gifted, masterly, consummate, master
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  • A person who is proficient.

    ‘he became a proficient in Latin and Greek’
    • ‘I tried my very best daily to become a proficient of it.’


Late 16th century: from Latin proficient- ‘advancing’, from the verb proficere, from pro- ‘on behalf of’ + facere ‘do, make’.