proficient (adj.) 1580s, from L. proficientem (nom. proficiens), prp. of proficere "to make progress, be useful" (see PROFICIENCY (Cf. proficiency)). Related: Proficiently.

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  • proficient — pro‧fi‧cient [prəˈfɪʆnt] adjective able to do something skilfully and well: • As standards rise, less proficient pilots won t be hired. proficient in/​at • To do a multimedia presentation you need to be proficient in public speaking. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • proficient — proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert, masterly are comparable when they mean having the knowledge and experience necessary to success in a given line especially of work or endeavor. When applied to things rather than persons, all these… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Proficient — Pro*fi cient, n. [L. proficiens, entis, p. pr. of proficere to go forward, make progress; pro forward + facere to make. See {Fact}, and cf. {Profit}, (?)] One who has made considerable advances in any business, art, science, or branch of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proficient — Pro*fi cient, a. Well advanced in any branch of knowledge or skill; possessed of considerable acquirements; well skilled; versed; adept, [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proficient — I adjective able, accomplished, adept, adequate, adroit, advanced, capable, clever, competent, conversant, cunning, deft, dexterous, effective, efficacious, efficient, equal to, excellent, experienced, expert, facile, good, habilitated, handy,… …   Law dictionary

  • proficient — [adj] able, skilled accomplished, adept, apt, capable, clever, competent, consummate, conversant, crack*, crackerjack*, drilled, effective, effectual, efficient, exercised, experienced, expert, finished, gifted, on the beam*, phenom, pro,… …   New thesaurus

  • proficient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ competent; skilled. DERIVATIVES proficiency noun proficiently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin proficere to advance …   English terms dictionary

  • proficient — [prō fish′ənt, prəfish′ənt] adj. [L proficiens, prp. of proficere, to advance < pro , forward + facere, to make: see PRO 2 & DO1] highly competent; skilled; adept n. an expert proficiency [prō fish′ən sē, prə fish′ən sē] n. pl. proficies prof …   English World dictionary

  • proficient — adjective Etymology: Latin proficient , proficiens, present participle of proficere to go forward, accomplish, from pro forward + facere to make more at pro , do Date: circa 1590 well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • proficient — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …   Collocations dictionary

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