Versed Versed, a. [Cf. F. vers['e], L. versatus, p. p. of versari to turn about frequently, to turn over, to be engaged in a thing, passive of versare. See {Versant}, a.] Acquainted or familiar, as the result of experience, study, practice, etc.; skilled; practiced; knowledgeable; expert. [1913 Webster]

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Opinions . . . derived from studying the Scriptures, wherein he was versed beyond any person of his age. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

These men were versed in the details of business. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Versed — Versed, a. [L. versus turned, p. p. vertere. See 1st {Versed}.] (Math.) Turned. [1913 Webster] {Versed sine}. See under {Sine}, and Illust. of {Functions}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • versed — [və:st US və:rst] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: versatus, past participle of versari to be active, be busy with , from versare; VERSATILE] be (well) versed in sth to know a lot about a subject, method etc ▪ a woman well versed in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • versed — [ vɜrst ] adjective FORMAL with a lot of knowledge about something: versed in: a professor versed in Latin and Greek …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • versed — ► ADJECTIVE (versed in) ▪ experienced or skilled in; knowledgeable about. ORIGIN Latin versatus, from versari be engaged in …   English terms dictionary

  • versed — index cognizant, competent, expert, familiar (informed), informed (educated), learned, qualified ( …   Law dictionary

  • versed — (adj.) practiced, c.1600, from pp. of obsolete verse to turn over (a book, subject, etc.) in study or investigation, from M.Fr. verser to turn, revolve as in meditation, from L. versare to busy oneself, lit. to turn to (see VERSUS (Cf. versus)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • versed — *conversant Analogous words: *learned, erudite: informed, acquainted (see INFORM): intimate, *familiar …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • versed — [adj] experienced, informed abreast, accomplished, acquainted, au courant*, au fait*, competent, conversant, familiar, in the know*, knowledgeable, learned, practical, practiced, proficient, qualified, savvy, seasoned, skilled, trained, tuned in* …   New thesaurus

  • versed — [vʉrst] adj. [< L versatus, pp. of versari, to be occupied with < versus: see VERSE] acquainted by experience and study; skilled or learned (in a specified subject) …   English World dictionary

  • versed — [[t]vɜ͟ː(r)st[/t]] ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ in n, adv ADJ If you are versed in or well versed in something, you know a lot about it. Page is well versed in many styles of jazz. ...experts more versed in the economics of taxes than the politics of… …   English dictionary

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