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Definition having or showing knowledge and skill in a particular area
  • Gradually, as he became more adept at controlling the fighter's speed, direction of movement, orientation, and weapons, the game was made more complex.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
adept = skillful
  • By the time he had been at Command School for a year, he was adept at running the simulator at any of fifteen levels, from controlling an individual fighter to commanding a fleet.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • adept = skilled
  • Most of our male relations were adept at that game.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The government had gotten quite adept at that over the years.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • With even half an hour of practice, he says, people can become adept at picking up micro-expressions.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Cadets at parade were masterful ventriloquists and adept at not getting caught unaware by the quiet approach of a tac officer from the rear.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • What is clear is that this place was the home of a hitherto unknown seafaring culture that was very adept in the technical arts.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Not only from the unbeliever are mysteries hid, but the adept himself cannot retain them.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Filling stations, service stations, were particularly adept at spotting suspicious persons and reporting them to the police or highway patrol.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • After numerous such missions, Blom and Ramlock and their associates are adept at identifying deception even before the polygraph signals trouble.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • And like her late husband, she was initially dismissed as a joke by her opponents, before proving to be politically adept.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I once more interest myself in what passes around me-your very adept handling of the General Forbes, for instance.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Mensch would have liked to see smoother and more technically adept bowing action, but the mechanical stuff was fixable over time.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Mr. Beebe, who was an adept at relieving situations, invited Miss Bartlett to accompany them to this mild festivity.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Jesus was a supreme adept, by God, on a terribly important mission.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • As always, I seem to be especially adept at alienating the few people I actually want to talk to.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • "Keep still!" cried Lillian, more adept than the others at reading danger signs in Rearden's face.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • An adept in the business, standing at the box and seeing by the mere action of the elbow where each put his ball, scowled with annoyance.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I shall no doubt be gratified by learning in good time what a well-finished and full-blown adept in a certain trade my lady is.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The Salvation Army was starting in on "Bye Bye Blackbird" at which they were far more adept.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement

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