how to pronounce competent


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competent is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of competent in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you'd expect it's you know competent but …”

meanings of competent


  1. Resistant to deformation or flow.
  2. Permeable to foreign DNA.
  3. Adequate for the purpose.
  4. Having jurisdiction or authority over a particular issue or question.
  5. Having sufficient skill, knowledge, ability, or qualifications.

competent frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word competent occurs in english on average 5.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics competent can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that competent can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

3) people, society, and culture;

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