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[adj. uh-dept; n. ad-ept, uh-dept] /adj. əˈdɛpt; n. ˈæd ɛpt, əˈdɛpt/
adjective
1.
very skilled; proficient; expert:
an adept juggler.
noun, adept
2.
a skilled or proficient person; expert.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Medieval Latin adeptus one who has attained (the secret of transmuting metals), noun use of L past participle of adipiscī to attain to (ad- ad- + -ep-, combining form of ap- in aptus apt + -tus past participle suffix)
Related forms
adeptly, adverb
adeptness, noun
nonadept, adjective
nonadeptly, adverb
nonadeptness, noun
unadept, adjective
unadeptly, adverb
unadeptness, noun
Can be confused
adapt, adept, adopt.
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British Dictionary definitions for un adept

adept

adjective (əˈdɛpt)
1.
very proficient in something requiring skill or manual dexterity
2.
skilful; expert
noun (ˈædɛpt)
3.
a person who is skilled or proficient in something
Derived Forms
adeptly, adverb
adeptness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin adeptus, from Latin adipiscī to attain, from ad- to + apiscī to attain
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Word Origin and History for un adept

adept

adj.

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.

n.

"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.

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