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’
    • ‘As man became more and more proficient in making war, he also became wiser in means of defense.’
    • ‘It may not be possible for all of us to be experts, but we can, with practice, become reasonably proficient.’
    • ‘I'm not nearly that proficient, but a bit of ambidexterity can benefit any golfer.’
    • ‘Not only will you feel proficient, but you will probably do it more often.’
    • ‘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 says he doesn't have the patience required to become proficient.’
    • ‘To meet those challenges, scholars must be proficient in more than one area of study.’
    • ‘Although he was very proficient at these jobs, he soon decided to pursue higher education.’
    • ‘Some of us were less proficient than others with our chopsticks!’
    • ‘Though obviously very proficient at what they do, they are also used to their own way of doing things.’
    • ‘He knows exactly what he wants and is very proficient and professional.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like any proficient superhero I didn't take up this job for the accolades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, the series went in favour of the team that was more professional and proficient in skills as well as in strategies.’
    • ‘He coached them in becoming proficient riders and huntsmen, skilled archers and unyielding wrestlers.’
    • ‘To do less is to be less than fully proficient on matters of critical importance to our national security.’
    • ‘It is no longer enough to be a beer pong champion - you must also be proficient in flag football and volleyball.’
    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
    good, great, excellent, brilliant
    crack, ace, mean, wicked
    crackerjack, badass
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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.