pet＝to fly（飞翔）,to seek（寻求）
1 ~ (as/at/in sth); ~ (to do sth) (of people) having the necessary ability, authority, skill, knowledge, etc （指人）有能力、权力、技能、知识等的; 能胜任的; 能干的
*a highly competent driver 技术高超的司机
* competent at/in one's work 能胜任工作的
* He's not competent to look after young children. 他没有看小孩的本事.
2 quite good, but not excellent 不错的（但并不出色）
*a competent piece of work 良好的作品
* The novel may be a best seller, but it's no more than a competent piece of writing. 这部小说就算能畅销, 也不过是平平之作.
1300-1400; Language: Old French;Origin:Latin
, present participle of competere 'to be suitable'
having enough skill or knowledge to do something to a satisfactory standard
≠ incompetent A competent mechanic should be able to fix the problem.very/highly/extremely competent She's a highly competent linguist.competent to do sth I don't feel competent to give an opinion at the moment. He is the only party leader competent enough to govern this country.
satisfactory but not especially good The workmen did a competent job .technical
having normal mental abilities We believe the patient was not mentally competent . A psychiatrist said McKibben was competent to stand trial . [not before noun]law
having the legal power to deal with something in a court of lawcompetent to do sth This court is not competent to hear your case.>competentlyadv
1. They were more socially competent and self-confident, and better able to cope with life's frustrations. 他们的社会生活能力更强，也更有自信心，能更好地应付生活中的各种挫折。
2. I´m far from being competent. I can hardly earn any money. 我一点也不能干, 我几乎赚不到钱.
3. I did not criticize her acting, inasmuch as I really did not feel competent. 我没有去评论她的演技, 因为我确实觉得自己在这方面并不在行。
4. In the U. S., however, it is taken as a sign of skillfulness or being competent to solve a problem, or fulfill a job successfully, with speed. 但在美国，能迅速而又成功地解决问题或完成工作，则被视为是有水平、有能力的标志。