American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or marked by an advanced degree of competence, as in an art, vocation, profession, or branch of learning.
- n. An expert; an adept.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Well versed in any business, art, science, or branch of learning; skilled; qualified; competent: as, a proficient architect.
- n. One who has made considerable advance in any business, art, science, or branch of learning; an adept; an expert: as, a proficient in a trade or occupation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who has made considerable advances in any business, art, science, or branch of learning; an expert; an adept
- adj. Well advanced in any branch of knowledge or skill; possessed of considerable acquirements; well-skilled; versed; adept.
- adj. of or relating to technique or proficiency in a practical skill
- adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
- From Latin proficiens, present participle of proficere ("to go forward, advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable or useful"), from pro ("forth, forward") + facere ("to make, do"); see fact. (Wiktionary)
- Latin prōficiēns, prōficient-, present participle of prōficere, to make progress; see profit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You need to PRACTICE with any type of hunting device to remain proficient that's just simple hunter ethics.”
“How proficient is Joseph at this stage of his career?”
“That, and the fact that the Celtics weren't as proficient from the three-point line as they were in the quarterfinal win over Indiana.”
“Less than half of its children are "proficient" - meaning they perform at grade-level-in reading and math.”
“Massachusetts is the only state to set its bar at "proficient" -- and that was only in fourth and eighth-grade math.”
“The number of third- through eighth-grade students in the state called proficient in English, for instance, fell from 77% to 53%.”
“Currently, less than a third of elementary-school students are reading at or above grade level, and at most schools only 25% of the students are characterized as proficient, according to John Covington, the district's superintendent who championed the consolidation plan.”
“Of college graduates, only 31 percent were classified as proficient -- compared with 40 percent in 1992.”
“The authors calculated a grade for each state based on the difference between the percentage of students deemed proficient by the state and the percentage identified as proficient on the NAEP in 2005.”
“Any girl who can successfully roll bread and lettuce is termed proficient by the cooking teachers, and it was a tie between Belle and Cora as to who did the most and best of the rolling.”
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