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career

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noun ca·reer \kə-ˈrir\

Simple Definition of career

  • : a job or profession that someone does for a long time

  • : a period of time spent in a job or profession

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of career

  1. 1 a :  speed in a course <ran at full career> b :  course, passage

  2. 2 :  encounter, charge

  3. 3 :  a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life <Washington's career as a soldier>

  4. 4 :  a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling <a career in medicine> <a career diplomat>

Examples of career in a sentence

  1. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

  2. My career as a waitress lasted one day.

  3. During his long career in advertising he won numerous awards and honors.



Origin of career

Middle French carriere, from Old Occitan carriera street, from Medieval Latin carraria road for vehicles, from Latin carrus car


First Known Use: circa 1534


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career

verb ca·reer

Definition of career

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner <a car careered off the road>



Examples of career in a sentence

  1. <she careered off to the class she'd almost forgotten>



Did You Know?

Chances are you're very familiar with the noun career meaning "a profession followed as a permanent occupation." What you may not know is that the word career got its start in the world of medieval tournaments. Jousting required knights to ride at full speed in short bursts, and 16th-century English speakers used the noun "career" (from Middle French carriere) to refer to such gallops as well as to the courses knights rode. By the mid-17th century, the verb had acquired its general "go fast" meaning, and by the 19th century the noun had developed the workaday use that is common today. (In case you're wondering, "career" is not related to "careen," which also means "to move at high speed"; "careen" has nautical origins, tracing to the Latin word for "hull.")

1647

First Known Use of career

1647



CAREER Defined for Kids

career

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noun ca·reer \kə-ˈrir\

Definition of career for Students

  1. 1 :  a period of time spent in a job or profession <She had a long career in medicine.>

  2. 2 :  a job followed as a life's work <He made teaching his career.>





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