• (RP) IPA: /pɹəˈfɪʃ.ənt/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹoʊˈfɪʃ.ənt/, /pɹəˈfɪʃ.ənt/


  1. Good at something; skilled; fluent; practiced, especially in relation to a task or skill.
    He was a proficient writer with an interest in human nature.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5
      By constant playing and experimenting with these he learned to tie rude knots, and make sliding nooses; and with these he and the younger apes amused themselves. What Tarzan did they tried to do also, but he alone originated and became proficient.
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proficient (plural proficients)

  1. An expert.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 10,
      Why not subpoena as well the clerical proficients?
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