Definition of practiced in US English:


(British practised)


  • Expert, typically as the result of much experience.

    ‘admiring the dress with a practiced eye’
    ‘the waiter was practiced at disrupting moments of intimacy’
    • ‘Then, with the practiced thoroughness of an experienced computer hacker, she created and deployed a stealth-virus program.’
    • ‘A practiced knitter might be able to add to these observations.’
    • ‘The gags almost seem muted by the technical proficiency of a practiced master of cinema.’
    • ‘At school I was quite the womaniser, sending and receiving Valentine's cards with the practised air of a seasoned gigolo.’
    • ‘The public service role of television news at the time of a major accident is fairly obvious and the private news channels now slip into it in a practised way.’
    • ‘After all, the amateur investigator is bound to make mistakes, and needs the corrective hand of those who have continuous experience and a practiced skill.’
    • ‘Together these two men have a ton of movie and television experience and they move with the practiced ease of true professionals.’
    • ‘Like a practised wine taster, she swilled the dark liquid around in her mouth then swallowed.’
    • ‘It provides complex sensations that let practiced users tunnel through multiple menus without looking at the display.’
    • ‘I continue to believe that foxes must be controlled and that this is best served by the practiced and experienced gamekeeper and farmer.’
    • ‘There were none of the self-conscious, practiced movements of veterans of the catwalk.’
    • ‘He knew this was a very practiced and trained crew of men.’
    • ‘She wants to gall her rival and does it with malicious and practised expertise.’
    • ‘Just as he's an expert guide through the between-spaces of the city, so he's a practised navigator through different psychic spaces.’
    • ‘He is a practised master at the art of schmoozing the media.’
    • ‘From such early beginnings she has developed a practised eye for what will sell.’
    • ‘Each approaches the material with the practiced ease of a veteran, and the result is a pair of three-dimensional characters.’
    • ‘The thief was as thin as a willow branch and cut open the bulging purses with the ease and dexterity of a practiced and experienced thief.’
    • ‘This shows us the tremendous speed that comes with a technique applied by a skilled and practiced man functioning at an unconscious competence level.’
    • ‘At first glance the crevice seemed natural, but then his skilled eye noted that it was just too neat and had been carefully hewn by practiced, adept hands.’
    expert, experienced, seasoned, skilled, skilful, accomplished, proficient, talented, able, capable, adept, adroit, consummate, master, masterly, veteran
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