Definition of mastery in US English:

mastery

noun

  • 1Comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment.

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

    ‘man's mastery over nature’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The calmness combined with the mask's ability gave him an unprecedented level of power and mastery over the stones.’
    • ‘Every inhabitant of the city, however great or humble, seeks to achieve some measure of mastery over it.’
    • ‘The third section tells how one gains mastery over natural forces through thought control.’
    • ‘Achieve mastery over your body by identifying with your soul.’
    • ‘Only one other of his bloodline had ever tried to gain mastery over the artifact, and had been condemned for his impertinence.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘He sat in silence while the soldiers enjoyed themselves; he had enough mastery over himself to not act rashly.’
    • ‘Those are the people that want to control you and have mastery over the way that you think.’
    • ‘The development of agriculture allowed for our increasing mastery over nature.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘Thus, these are terms applied to the geographic extent of achieving zero incidence, not to the degree of our mastery over the pathogen.’
    • ‘He wanted obedience and he wanted mastery over the boy.’
    • ‘But on the whole, in the ancient world, mastery over nature was not a plausible goal of inquiry.’
    • ‘The pioneer legend had asserted human mastery over nature; ‘wilderness’ asserted the moral claim of nature over humans.’
    • ‘The excitement comes from its depiction of mastery over the void, made possible by the invention of a new skin - the space suit.’
    • ‘And the free market is a useful servant, but when it claims total mastery over human life, we know what the consequences are.’
    • ‘Narcissism and narcissistic identification both involve phantasies of power, omnipotence, mastery and control.’
    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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Origin

Middle English: from Old French maistrie, from maistre ‘master’.

Pronunciation

mastery

/ˈmæst(ə)ri//ˈmast(ə)rē/