proficiency

If you have proficiency with something, you are pretty good at it. If you have proficiency with Spanish, you can understand and communicate well in that language.

Proficiency, pronounced "pro-FISH-en-cee," comes from the Latin word proficere, meaning "accomplish, make progress, be useful." If you have achieved proficiency is something, you have done well at gaining a skill. However, having proficiency doesn't make you an expert. Still, proficiency is something to be proud of — it means you have worked hard, and if you keep going, you probably will become an expert.

DEFINITIONS OF: proficiency

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n the quality of having great facility and competence

Type of:
competence, competency
the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually

n skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity

“practice greatly improves proficiency
Synonyms:
technique
Types:
brushwork
an artist's distinctive technique of applying paint with a brush
musketry
the technique of using small arms (especially in battle)
Type of:
skillfulness
the state of being cognitively skillful
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