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 Their interest was in how people spoke about emotions, and how they were conditioned to speak about them—by their families, their workplaces, the psychiatric profession, and other social institutions. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "The Repressive Politics of Emotional Intelligence," 12 Apr. 2021 The nightly news can feel like daily attacks on his profession. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "In rural Minnesota, where cops and community are familiar, Derek Chauvin trial looks different," 4 Apr. 2021 Most places are requiring an ID, some form of proof of employment to verify age and profession, and proof of eligibility to receive the vaccine at that time. Rafael Guerrero,, "Feel like hitting your head against the wall because you can’t get a COVID shot? We have few answers that might help," 27 Mar. 2021 Exquisite Corpse is plain brutal on the architecture profession’s cravenness. Hugo Lindgren, Curbed, "Michael Sorkin Taught Me How to Look at New York," 22 Mar. 2021 Others might not think to put those on their lists at all, and might instead state attributes like their profession, hobbies, likes, and dislikes. Ilana Redstone, Forbes, "Hoping To Get Better At Holding Uncomfortable Conversations? Try These Techniques.," 21 Mar. 2021 And while the mayor didn’t name Newsom, his comments ultimately are criticism of the governor and his initial tightly constrained approach to vaccinating residents by age and profession., "Half of UK adults have gotten one dose of COVID-19 vaccine," 20 Mar. 2021 It’s broken down by age group, profession (i.e. frontline workers), and vulnerability. Katherine Singh,, "How The Heck Do I Sign Up For My Vaccine?," 11 Mar. 2021 This happens quite often in this incestuous profession where jobs change hands regularly. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The things you learn when closely reading Alabama coaching contracts," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Profession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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