pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən \

Definition of profession

1 : the act of taking the vows of a religious community
2 : an act of openly declaring or publicly claiming a belief, faith, or opinion : protestation
3 : an avowed religious faith
4a : a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation
b : a principal calling, vocation, or employment
c : the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

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Examples of profession in a Sentence

The doctor talked to students who are thinking about entering the profession. Most professions in the medical field require years of training. Their daughter recently became a member of the medical profession.
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This year's honorees span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and professions—a park ranger, a musician, a judge, teens who unflinchingly took on Washington in the face of tragedy. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Awards Live," 12 Nov. 2018 Nichols acknowledges that experts span a broad range of professions, from academics to plumbers and auto mechanics. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018 In order to recruit more women into this profession, there has to be a desire for our presence. George Mccalman, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Bay Area’s female bartenders speak on their industry," 25 May 2018 More importantly, there’s a scarcity of new teachers coming into the profession. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Teacher: ‘Students are supposed to come first, but it seems that is not the case in Arizona’," 3 May 2018 His advocacy for recruiting minorities into the profession was key to the association’s adoption of a special initiative and scholarship fund, according to members. J.m. Lawrence,, "Bernard A. Margolis, former Boston Public Library president, dies at 69," 26 Apr. 2018 But a renewed militancy has crept into the profession this year, especially in conservative-leaning states, where teachers say education funding and wages have fallen behind after lawmakers prioritized tax cuts over new spending. Matt Pearce,, "Around the U.S., protesting teachers see some gains in conservative states," 15 Apr. 2018 Well before the present glut of studios with acronymic titles, H&dM garnered international attention in the 1990s as a relative rarity in a profession then dominated by big-name lone wolves. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 The medical board suspended Ozumba's medical license within a week of his 2017 arrest, a prompt move in a profession that often takes a more forgiving approach. Fox News, "Texas jury convicts doctor of sexually assaulting patient," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of profession

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for profession

Middle English professioun, from Anglo-French profession, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin profession-, professio, from Latin, public declaration, from profitēri

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English Language Learners Definition of profession

: a type of job that requires special education, training, or skill

: the people who work in a particular profession

: the act of declaring or saying something openly


pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən \

Kids Definition of profession

1 : an occupation (as medicine, law, or teaching) that is not mechanical or agricultural and that requires special education
2 : an act of publicly declaring or claiming a profession of religious faith
3 : the people working in an occupation


pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfesh-ən \

Medical Definition of profession

1 : a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation
2 : the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

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