pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən How to pronounce profession (audio) \

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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But that's becoming less of a reality in some parts of the country, especially for young teachers entering the profession burdened with debt. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Strikes, pay raises & charter protests: America's teachers' exhausting, exhilarating year," 18 June 2019 Both women are in their mid-80s and joined the legal profession at a time when few women did — and even fewer were taken seriously. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, justices and governors pay tribute to Shirley Abrahamson," 18 June 2019 Albert Nekimken, an adjunct associate professor at UMUC, argues that filling the ranks with low-paid, part-time adjuncts who have no health insurance, sick leave or retirement benefits undermines the teaching profession. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "‘UMUC is not like everybody else’: Tensions flare over school’s direction," 16 June 2019 The barriers to joining the profession are high: a licence to work as an individual prostitute can cost anywhere between €1,000 ($1,130) and €10,000 initially and must then be renewed periodically. The Economist, "The idea of criminalising prostitutes’ clients is spreading," 15 June 2019 Judge would leave the Sun-Times after four years to become editor and vice president of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, a venerable publication serving the legal profession since the 1850s. Rick Kogan,, "Bernard Judge, esteemed reporter and editor who influenced a generation of journalists, dies," 14 June 2019 Edwards, who spent nearly a decade at ESPN before moving to Tempe and jumping back into the college coaching profession, is joining the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards adds teaching job at Cronkite," 13 June 2019 The survivor told the students how his experience during the war had affected his life and his attitude toward the medical profession. Ben Harris,, "Medical school is putting a uniquely Jewish spin on doctor training," 11 June 2019 Boston pediatrician-violist Lisa Wong sometimes prescribes music lessons for patients and spent 20 years running the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble made up mostly of faculty, students and staff in the healthcare profession. charlotteobserver, "After 50 years, innovation and collaboration keep this Charlotte arts group buzzing," 4 June 2019

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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
formal : the act of declaring or saying something openly


pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən How to pronounce profession (audio) \

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 How to pronounce profession (audio) \

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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