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adjective pro·fes·sion·al \prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ˈfe-shə-nəl\

Simple Definition of professional

  • : relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill

  • : done or given by a person who works in a particular profession

  • : paid to participate in a sport or activity

Full Definition of professional

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession b :  engaged in one of the learned professions c (1) :  characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2) :  exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace

  2. 2 a :  participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs <a professional golfer> b :  having a particular profession as a permanent career <a professional soldier> c :  engaged in by persons receiving financial return <professional football>

  3. 3 :  following a line of conduct as though it were a profession <a professional patriot>

pro·fes·sion·al·ly adverb

Examples of professional

  1. Do you have any professional experience?

  2. You should seek professional advice.

  3. a golfer who recently turned professional

  4. I was impressed by the calm and professional way she handled the crisis.

  5. The presentation was very professional.



1606

First Known Use of professional

1606


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professional

noun pro·fes·sion·al

Simple Definition of professional

  • : someone who does a job that requires special training, education, or skill : someone who is a member of a profession

  • : someone who is paid to participate in a sport or activity

  • : someone who has a lot of experience or skill in a particular job or activity

Full Definition of professional

  1. :  one that is professional; especially :  one that engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

Examples of professional

  1. The bathtub was installed by a professional.

  2. The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals.

  3. a golfer who recently became a professional

  4. She handled the situation like a professional.



1811

First Known Use of professional

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PROFESSIONAL Defined for Kids

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professional

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adjective pro·fes·sion·al \prə-ˈfe-shə-nəl\

Definition of professional

  1. 1 :  relating to an occupation :  of or as an expert <professional advice>

  2. 2 :  taking part in an activity (as a sport) in order to make money

  3. 3 :  participated in by people who are paid to compete <professional sports>

  4. 4 :  having or showing a quality appropriate in a profession <He did a very professional job.>

pro·fes·sion·al·ly adverb



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professional

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noun pro·fes·sion·al

Definition of professional

  1. 1 :  a person who does a job that requires special education or skill

  2. 2 :  a person who is paid to participate in a sport or activity





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