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  • Very skilled or proficient at something.

    ‘he is adept at cutting through red tape’
    • ‘an adept negotiator’
    • ‘Other countries are more adept at keeping their judges in check.’
    • ‘She has never driven a car but was very adept at handling a pony and cart.’
    • ‘Emergency nappy changing is a skill most mothers become quite adept at.’
    • ‘He also was very adept at picking up on people's weaknesses and teasing them, ruffling some feathers.’
    • ‘Your average city worker is very adept at avoiding anyone who looks like they might be giving out leaflets.’
    • ‘He doesn't claim to know it all and is very adept at handling guests on his show who think they do.’
    • ‘But he was also adept at deploying nearly everything that came to hand for promoting evolutionary theory.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds are very adept at sipping nectar from any or all these plant groups.’
    • ‘But, next season, players will become more attuned to what he is going to do and become more adept at stopping him.’
    • ‘He's very adept at seeing a play develop, and that gets him to the right spot at the right time.’
    • ‘He is very adept at using his body to shield defenders from making plays on the ball.’
    • ‘He was also adept at promoting the scheme to the Australian populace by presenting it as a symbol of national pride.’
    • ‘We're quite adept at picking out what it is we don't like about other human beings.’
    • ‘There was also a mounted element of crossbowmen equally adept at reconnaissance and pursuit.’
    • ‘He had grown very adept at using the crutches and now spent less time in bed than ever before.’
    • ‘For Italy it was a day of bitter disappointment as they ran out again battered and bruised by more adept opponents.’
    • ‘It is tempting to suppose it was the result of adept management.’
    • ‘These wars were difficult affairs against enemies who were as technically adept as the Normans themselves.’
    • ‘It was indeed lucky that none of these bandits seemed to be very adept with a sword.’
    • ‘Performances are enhanced by an intelligent musical score and adept cinematography.’
    expert, proficient, accomplished, skilful, talented, gifted, masterly, virtuoso, consummate, peerless
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/əˈdept/ /əˈdɛpt/


  • A person who is skilled or proficient at something.

    ‘ they are adepts at kung fu and karate’
    • ‘Some Hindi-film adepts, including author-screenwriter Suketu Mehta and Internet Movie Database staffer Michel Hafner have offered help.’
    • ‘I will leave that judgment to other kung-fu adepts.’
    • ‘To begin with, they are adepts of conspiracy theory, obsessed with information, disinformation, propaganda and its country cousin, mind control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he also believes that some of its adepts contributed significantly to the ideology of the 1960s - and not only in Australia.’
    • ‘As knowledgable adepts in Arabic and Farsi, for instance, they are in an excellent position to understand nuances that hard-nosed businessmen may not.’
    • ‘Is one religion more valuable than another, just because its adepts adhere to one school of thought over another?’
    • ‘For such a normally quick tempered and impatient people they have shown themselves adepts at procrastination and brinkmanship.’
    • ‘Some people would call it a property of those they call adepts but this is just an elitist illusion.’
    • ‘The very concepts of ‘nature’ and ‘human nature’ now can be held up against the light shed by ancient medical writers, religious adepts, and the Christian Fathers.’
    • ‘Like Taine, Cezanne had only contempt for the adepts of a dry, linear style, whom he associated with ascetic, religious (that is, nonsensuous) spirituality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is reported that some cases of Levitation appear to be spontaneous, while spiritual or magical adepts are said to be able to control it consciously.’
    • ‘Technical adepts reconfigured Soviet-manufactured radios to receive short wave from abroad, broadcast as part of the cold war.’
    • ‘But true adepts would never have been concerned with anything so vulgar as financial gain.’
    • ‘He became an adept in the cryptologic art, until then almost unknown, and exercised it on behalf of the parliamentary party.’
    expert, past master, master, master hand, genius, virtuoso, maestro, doyen, artist, professional, veteran, old hand
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/əˈdept/ /əˈdɛpt/ /ˈadept/ /ˈædɛpt/


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