Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “proficient”

See all translations

proficient

adjective uk   /prəˈfɪʃ.ənt/ us  
skilled and experienced: a proficient swimmer She's proficient in two languages. It takes a couple of years of regular driving before you become proficient at it.
proficiency
noun [U] uk   /-ən.si/ us  
The job ad said they wanted proficiency in at least two languages.
Translations of “proficient”
in Korean 숙달된…
in Arabic بارِع…
in French (très) compétent (en)…
in Turkish yeterli, usta, mahir…
in Italian esperto, competente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 熟練的, 精通的…
in Russian умелый, знающий…
in Polish biegły…
in Spanish perito, hábil, competente…
in Portuguese proficiente, hábil…
in German tüchtig…
in Catalan expert, competent…
in Japanese 堪能な, 秀でた…
in Chinese (Simplified) 熟练的, 精通的…
(Definition of proficient from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of proficient?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “proficient” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ditto

used to agree with something that has just been said, or to avoid repeating something that has been said

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More