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Meaning of “competent” in the English Dictionary

"competent" in British English

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competentadjective

uk   /ˈkɒm.pɪ.tənt/  us   /ˈkɑːm.pə.t̬ənt/
C1 able to do something well: a competent ​secretary/​rider/​cook I wouldn't say he was ​brilliant but he is competent at his ​job.
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competently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
I ​thought she ​played the ​role very competently.
(Definition of competent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"competent" in American English

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competentadjective

 us   /ˈkɑm·pə·t̬ənt/
having the ​skills or ​knowledge to do something well enough to ​meet a ​basicstandard: [+ to infinitive] All we ​want is someone competent to ​manage the ​staff. law having enough ​mentalability for a ​particularpurpose: [+ to infinitive] The ​judgedecided that he was competent to ​standtrial.
competence
noun [U]  us   /ˈkɑm·pə·t̬əns/
He ​reached a ​reasonablelevel of competence in ​English.
(Definition of competent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"competent" in Business English

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competentadjective

uk   us   /ˈkɒmpɪtənt/
able to do something well: A competent ​salesmanager should have known exactly what to do in that ​situation. Operators must be fully competent in the use of the ​system. We have highly competentconsultants, with a broad ​range of ​expertise.
good enough, but not excellent: People who ​work for us need to be more than merely competent; they need to ​excel.
LAW able or ​allowed to make ​legal decisions: The ​prospectivejurors did not ​indicate whether they ​thought the ​plaintiff was competent.
competently
adverb /ˈkɒmpɪtəntli/  us /ˈkɑːmpəṱənt-/
Each ​candidate implies that the other cannot be ​trusted to ​run the ​economy competently.
(Definition of competent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “competent”
in Korean 능력이 있는…
in Arabic كُفؤ…
in Malaysian cekap…
in French compétent…
in Russian компетентный, знающий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有能力的, 能幹的, 稱職的…
in Italian competente…
in Turkish yetenekli, ehil, usta…
in Polish kompetentny…
in Spanish competente…
in Vietnamese thạo…
in Portuguese competente…
in Thai ที่มีความสามารถ…
in German fähig…
in Catalan competent…
in Japanese 能力のある…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有能力的, 能干的, 称职的…
in Indonesian ahli…
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