Adjective "adept" definition and examples

(Adept may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Very skilled or proficient at something.
  1. 'an adept negotiator'
  2. 'But he was also adept at deploying nearly everything that came to hand for promoting evolutionary theory.'
  3. 'These wars were difficult affairs against enemies who were as technically adept as the Normans themselves.'
  4. 'Performances are enhanced by an intelligent musical score and adept cinematography.'
  5. 'Your average city worker is very adept at avoiding anyone who looks like they might be giving out leaflets.'
  6. 'But, next season, players will become more attuned to what he is going to do and become more adept at stopping him.'
  7. 'He also was very adept at picking up on people's weaknesses and teasing them, ruffling some feathers.'
  8. 'It is tempting to suppose it was the result of adept management.'
  9. 'Emergency nappy changing is a skill most mothers become quite adept at.'
  10. 'He's very adept at seeing a play develop, and that gets him to the right spot at the right time.'
  11. 'There was also a mounted element of crossbowmen equally adept at reconnaissance and pursuit.'


A person who is skilled or proficient at something.
  1. 'The painter's orphic sleight of hand was abetted by arcane titles that conjure profligate aristocrats, sexual libertines, adepts of the dark arts and drugged esthetes.'
  2. 'Instead, it surely refers to a state of total stillness and even abnegation, an ideal that religious adepts of all disciplines have long aspired to.'
  3. 'He became an adept in the cryptologic art, until then almost unknown, and exercised it on behalf of the parliamentary party.'
  4. 'Certain adepts are supposedly able to prepare the soup in a way that minimizes this slipperiness, but I can't say that I have ever dined with any.'
  5. 'Usually there'd be a few other permutations of ‘face’ thrown in, with the true adepts raising the whole enterprise to something of an art form.'
  6. 'Like Taine, Cezanne had only contempt for the adepts of a dry, linear style, whom he associated with ascetic, religious (that is, nonsensuous) spirituality.'
  7. 'To begin with, they are adepts of conspiracy theory, obsessed with information, disinformation, propaganda and its country cousin, mind control.'
  8. 'Technical adepts reconfigured Soviet-manufactured radios to receive short wave from abroad, broadcast as part of the cold war.'
  9. 'But true adepts would never have been concerned with anything so vulgar as financial gain.'
  10. 'In England, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, and in France, Marie Paul Lavoisier presided over such salons and made a name for themselves as scientific adepts.'

More definitions

1. very skilled; proficient; expert: an adept juggler. noun, none, adept[ad-ept, uh-dept]/ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/

2. a skilled or proficient person; expert.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be adept at things."

"teachers can be adept at things."

"schools can be adept at things."

"politicians can be adept at things."

"managers can be adept at hedgings."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin adeptus ‘achieved’, past participle of adipisci ‘obtain, attain’.