Very skilled or accomplished. See Synonyms at proficient.
A highly skilled person; an expert: "political consequences in getting rid of all the skeptics, unbelievers, and adepts of rival faiths" (Gene Lyons).
[Latin adeptus, past participle of adipīscī, to attain : ad-, ad- + apīscī, to grasp.]
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