July 03, 2013
adept (adjective)
\uh-DEPT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: very good at something
How do you use it?
Although she was born and raised in the city, Olivia proved to be surprisingly adept at pitching a tent, building a campfire, and other camping skills.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "adept"?

"Adept" suggests having a native ability as well as a learned skill at something (as in "she is adept at getting people to cooperate"), while "expert" implies having a thorough knowledge of a subject as well as skill ("expert guides led us through the cave"). "Proficient," another synonym, suggests a sure ability that comes from training and practice ("a proficient waiter handling several tables at once"). A more general synonym is "skillful," which indicates being very able at doing a particular job ("a skillful plumber").
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