Definition of fluently in US English:



  • 1With an ability to express oneself easily and articulately.

    ‘he writes fluently and authoritatively’
    ‘she speaks fluently and convincingly on the need for more controls’
    • ‘The pace is formidable, the wry tone even and well-sustained, and the narrative fluently written.’
    • ‘He writes fluently in a manner that sustains interest over a wide range of subjects.’
    • ‘She answered in a fluently written letter punctuated by dashes about the death of her husband.’
    • ‘He spoke fluently with lines that were completely brilliant.’
    • ‘Right now, from his home in Houston, he's fluently relating every detail of his life to date over the telephone.’
    • ‘He talks fluently about everything from his strategic vision for the bank to his economic forecasts.’
    • ‘He sets out from a secure base and tells his story of Johnston's life fluently.’
    • ‘She was speaking fluently about the family, most of which was having no impact on Faith.’
    • ‘Few films have so fluently, so poignantly and amusingly, described contemporary Britons' attempts to overcome the shock of otherness.’
    • ‘The preface and introduction fluently delineate many of the issues raised by the speeches.’
    1. 1.1 (with reference to speaking or reading a particular foreign language) with ease and accuracy.
      ‘children learned to read fluently by the end of the year’
      ‘he can converse fluently in Filipino’
      • ‘Most also speak English fluently, which has made the transition to American society easier for many Indian immigrants.’
      • ‘Approximately 300,000 people speak Welsh as their first language, just about all of whom will speak English fluently, too.’
      • ‘Most Tanzanians with postsecondary educations speak both official languages fluently in addition to their tribal language.’
      • ‘It is not uncommon for Congolese persons to fluently speak four or more languages.’
      • ‘An Urdu speaker, he lived in Turkey from the age of 6 to 13, and he speaks Turkish fluently.’
      • ‘He speaks about five languages fluently and a lot more in bits and pieces.’
      • ‘He is married to a Chinese woman and speaks Chinese fluently.’
      • ‘In 1987, approximately 125,000 Navajos on the reservation still spoke Navajo fluently.’
      • ‘We were introduced to an American Peace Corps lady who could speak Oshiwambo fluently.’
      • ‘The dream of many Oneidas is that one day most members will be able to speak the language fluently.’
  • 2In a smoothly graceful and effortless manner.

    ‘Moscow Flyer jumped fluently at Aintree to record a six-length victory’
    ‘if they move their bow fluently throughout those 4 octaves, then they are good violinists’
    • ‘She backtracked as fluently as she had come forward, declaring that she could not remember any examples, and then proceeding to brush off the whole thing.’
    • ‘He meets an isolated female who is his muse (moving fluently through classically statuesque poses) and his messenger of death.’
    • ‘He fluently weaves between a canvas of dark and light tonalities to the effect of instilling an absorbing listening experience upon the would-be viewer.’
    • ‘It is a joy to hear such weightless, fluently articulated harp playing.’
    • ‘The figures within the narrative of the game fluently represent its wider thematic implications.’
    • ‘It is no coincidence that he moves fluently between traditional, isolated studio practice and his 13-year commitment to the housing project.’
    • ‘As soon as his hands were clasped around his bass, his musical memory would shift straight into gear, his hands moving fluently.’
    • ‘She is a most beautiful actress who, without much formal dance training, danced amazingly fluently throughout the evening.’
    • ‘One highlight of the season has been seeing how fluently we all work together when developing the structures and choreographic sequences.’
    • ‘The corps is not drilled in polite vertical lines—its six women keep fluently changing formations.’
  • 3In a way that progresses smoothly.

    ‘the game ran fluently’
    • ‘Some days you crumple and throw page after page of written sheets in the trash, and some days it flows fluently.’
    • ‘In my tests, the app ran fluently and did not give any reason for complaints.’
    • ‘The expected uses would be considerable, such as for repairs which must fluently result from the rapidity and multiplicity of the motor.’
    • ‘Her keen grasp of resources, talents, and planning keeps the agency's production running fluently.’
    • ‘Watching the marathon of dance I felt honored to attend and in awe of a culture where dance and worship fluently interlock.’
    • ‘All ran fluently in the beginning, but when I was going back to my home, I passed through a narrow slippery street.’
    • ‘It is very cinematic, and the camera moves fluently under his deft direction.’
    • ‘The film runs fluently and has different emotions running through it—some sad, some very funny!’
    • ‘Topography, history, and natural history mingle fluently.’
    • ‘This allows the practice to run more fluently by reducing bottlenecks at reception during busy times.’