profession

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noun pro·fes·sion \prə-ˈfe-shən\

Definition of profession

  1. 1 :  the act of taking the vows of a religious community

  2. 2 :  an act of openly declaring or publicly claiming a belief, faith, or opinion :  protestation

  3. 3 :  an avowed religious faith

  4. 4a :  a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparationb :  a principal calling, vocation, or employmentc :  the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

Examples of profession in a Sentence

  1. The doctor talked to students who are thinking about entering the profession.

  2. Most professions in the medical field require years of training.

  3. Their daughter recently became a member of the medical profession.

Recent Examples of profession from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of profession

Middle English professioun, from Anglo-French profession, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin profession-, professio, from Latin, public declaration, from profitēri


First Known Use: 13th century



PROFESSION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of profession for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PROFESSION Defined for Kids

profession

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noun pro·fes·sion \prə-ˈfe-shən\

Definition of profession for Students

  1. 1 :  an occupation (as medicine, law, or teaching) that is not mechanical or agricultural and that requires special education

  2. 2 :  an act of publicly declaring or claiming a profession of religious faith

  3. 3 :  the people working in an occupation


Medical Dictionary

profession

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noun pro·fes·sion \prə-ˈfesh-ən\

Medical Definition of profession

  1. 1:  a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation

  2. 2:  the whole body of persons engaged in a calling



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