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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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 Thursday's shooting is prompting memorials to the deceased journalists, discussions about the mission of the profession, and recognition of the perils of it. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "The Capital Gazette shooting and what’s wrong with the current public discourse about the media," 29 June 2018 The question before the state Supreme Court was pretty straightforward: Was Tarra Simmons truly redeemed, or a risk to the honor and dignity of the legal profession? Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘Character is not static’: a soon-to-be lawyer turns rough past into bright future," 10 June 2018 Patrick’s father, David (Hugo Weaving), is a sadistic aesthete who has taken up cruelty in place of a profession. Joy Press, HWD, "Patrick Melrose: How Benedict Cumberbatch Climbed Inside His Favorite Antihero," 5 June 2018 Painter rose to prominence after appearing on early seasons of the Discovery Channel series, which chronicles the lives and work of fishermen in Alaska waters, with an eye to the hazards of the profession. CBS News, "Blake Painter, "Deadliest Catch" skipper, dead at 38," 30 May 2018 The collection of dead-tech movie equipment inside traces the development of the media and decline of the projectionist profession. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "There Are Secrets in the Texas Theatre," 25 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

: 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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