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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But sizing the scope of sheer job loss is an important metric, because for every job lost, a member of the workforce will have to find a new one, oftentimes in an entirely different profession. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace," 20 Oct. 2018 Cash recipients spent a little, saved a little, and shifted a bit away from growing crops toward other professions. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Giving out cash is a great way to fight poverty. This approach might be even better.," 15 Oct. 2018 That profession of faith got even louder on Thursday, when Ford supporters (and, in fairness, some detractors) descended on Washington to bear witness as Ford testified before Judiciary. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "The Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Could Change Sexual Assault Reporting—but How?," 28 Sep. 2018 At its best, Octopath Traveler uses these professions to force its cast to learn important lessons about that world, which would otherwise be left up to the player to guess at. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "In Octopath Traveler, jobs define more than just gameplay mechanics," 22 Aug. 2018 The activist, identified by The News as a personal trainer by profession, was arrested and charged with federal trespassing, disorderly conduct and other charges. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Statue of Liberty protester is immigrant active in resisting Trump policy," 5 July 2018 LONG hours have been the bane of the legal profession for ages; few of them involve thrilling courtroom antics. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 Worse, the models have undermined trust in the process of teacher evaluation and driven some successful educators out of the profession. Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, "The Problem With Generalizing About ‘America’s Schools’," 5 July 2018 Lawyers at the top rungs of the legal profession are moving to a part of the industry that just a few years ago was largely unknown. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The New Hot Law Job: Litigation Finance," 5 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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