profession

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web

Go to class At level six, wizards get to pick a profession that helps them specialize. Matthew Gault, Time, "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," 2 July 2019 Then Griesedeck began choosing professions to depict. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "13 years and millions of dollars later, the ambitious, enormous American Mural Project is coming together," 1 July 2019 Lucas, who is now working in the nursing field near Palm Springs, also claims in his lawsuit that he was discriminated because of his gender, as a male nurse in a predominantly female profession. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Lawsuit: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital nurse was fired to silence whistle blowing," 28 June 2019 We were told that members of this temple had close connections to the profession. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "Behind the Story: On a search for Sikh truckers," 27 June 2019 Yet Mr Feldstein’s most enduring contributions are likely to be to the profession of economics itself. The Economist, "Martin Feldstein was a pillar of American economics," 15 June 2019 Editors and critics belong to a profession with a duty of skepticism. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Famed actor Robert Redford is both promoting his new movie and saying goodbye to the profession he’s done for 60 years. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Robert Redford announces retirement, says latest film will be his last," 6 Aug. 2018 That is a significant problem in India as well, Yagnick said, particularly among young people who see dancing as a pathway to a profession. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How Michael Jackson's tilt defied gravity," 22 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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profession

noun

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

profession

noun
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

profession

noun
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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