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career

noun ca·reer \ kə-ˈrir \
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Definition of career

1 a : speed in a course
  • ran at full career
b : course, passage
  • the sun's career across the sky
3 : a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life
  • Washington's career as a soldier
4 : a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling
  • a career in medicine
often used before another noun
  • a career diplomat

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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.

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Origin and Etymology of career

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


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career

verb

Definition of career

: 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

Recent Examples of career from the Web

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First Known Use of career

1647



CAREER Defined for English Language Learners

career

Definition of career for English Language Learners

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

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


CAREER Defined for Kids

career

noun ca·reer \ kə-ˈrir \

Definition of career for Students

1 : a period of time spent in a job or profession
  • She had a long career in medicine.
2 : a job followed as a life's work
  • He made teaching his career.


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