Definition of adept in English:



  • Very skilled or proficient at something.

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

    ‘they are adepts at kung fu and karate’
    • ‘But he also believes that some of its adepts contributed significantly to the ideology of the 1960s - and not only in Australia.’
    • ‘To begin with, they are adepts of conspiracy theory, obsessed with information, disinformation, propaganda and its country cousin, mind control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 people would call it a property of those they call adepts but this is just an elitist illusion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As knowledgable adepts in Arabic and Farsi, for instance, they are in an excellent position to understand nuances that hard-nosed businessmen may not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like Taine, Cezanne had only contempt for the adepts of a dry, linear style, whom he associated with ascetic, religious (that is, nonsensuous) spirituality.’
    • ‘But true adepts would never have been concerned with anything so vulgar as financial gain.’
    • ‘He became an adept in the cryptologic art, until then almost unknown, and exercised it on behalf of the parliamentary party.’
    • ‘For such a normally quick tempered and impatient people they have shown themselves adepts at procrastination and brinkmanship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is one religion more valuable than another, just because its adepts adhere to one school of thought over another?’
    • ‘Some Hindi-film adepts, including author-screenwriter Suketu Mehta and Internet Movie Database staffer Michel Hafner have offered help.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Technical adepts reconfigured Soviet-manufactured radios to receive short wave from abroad, broadcast as part of the cold war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will leave that judgment to other kung-fu adepts.’
    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’.