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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Ahmet Ardic -- an electrical engineer by profession, whose lifelong passion has been researching Turkic languages, linguistics and etymological roots -- stumbled upon a copy of the Voynich manuscript online four years ago. Jane Bracher, CNN, "The Voynich manuscript: Will this medieval mystery ever be solved?," 15 June 2018 Here comes the craven author, belonging to a profession that’s one part thrill and many parts heartbreak, marching into the bookstore: Where is my name? Lauren Markham, Longreads, "For Me, With Love and Squalor," 7 June 2018 Pioneer Press recently chatted with Winterpacht, 53, a land surveying draftsman by profession, whose photo soon will be put on display at Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, for the public to see. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Shout Out: Miguel Winterpacht, an Arlington Heights resident who won the village's photography competition," 6 June 2018 Largest gender pay gaps by profession where men make more than women 1. Felicia Gans,, "The professions with the widest gender pay gap, according to the US Census," 1 June 2018 Self, a driller by profession, was known as an earth mover, a fabricator, a welder, a framer with calloused hands but a tender touch, the Go Fund Me post said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "GoFundMe for man killed in drill-rig collapse: 'A daughter’s first love, a son’s first hero'," 26 May 2018 Rummaging in the great historical warehouse of the novel and the anti-novel is today, in my opinion, a duty for anyone who is by profession a narrator. Didier Jacob,, "In a rare interview, Elena Ferrante describes the writing process behind the Neapolitan novels," 17 May 2018 Photographer Carlye Allen is a first-grade teacher by profession and takes pictures mostly as a hobby. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Oh baby, wait until you hear real story behind these viral puppy photos | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Patricia spent two years working as an engineer after his stint as a grad assistant at RPI before returning to the coaching profession. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-RPI coach 'stunned' at allegations against Lions' Matt Patricia," 10 May 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
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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