< /ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/

  1. a skilled or proficient person; expert.

adjective (əˈdɛpt)

  1. very proficient in something requiring skill or manual dexterity
  2. skilful; expert

noun (ˈædɛpt)

  1. a person who is skilled or proficient in something

“an expert,” especially “one who is skilled in the secrets of anything,” 1660s, from Latin adeptus (see adept (adj.)). The Latin adjective was used as a noun in this sense in Medieval Latin among alchemists.


1690s, “completely skilled” from Latin adeptus “having reached, attained,” past participle of adipisci “to come up with, arrive at,” figuratively “to attain to, acquire,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + apisci “grasp, attain,” related to aptus “fitted” (see apt). Related: Adeptly.

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