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 According to a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 3 in 10 health care workers have weighed leaving the profession, and 6 in 10 say the pandemic burned them out. NBC News, "Nurse burnout remains a serious problem, putting patients in danger, experts say," 6 May 2021 Down the street, the exterior at the Great White Mosque had been shorn of the Muslim profession of faith. Ken Moritsugu And Dake Kang, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will there be any Muslims left among the Chinese Uyghurs?," 6 May 2021 Many, like Cole, argue that this loophole must remain because so many teachers are leaving the profession. Caroline Maguire And Laura Mogelson, Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: Licensing loophole undermines teacher quality," 6 May 2021 In honor of Nursing Now 2020, a global effort to promote and support the nursing profession, the Duchess of Cambridge interviewed midwife Harriet Nayiga for Nursing Times. Meg Donohue, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Champions Nurses on International Midwives’ Day," 5 May 2021 No matter the profession, the Great Ones are wired similarly. Don Yaeger, Forbes, "Business Executives And NBA Star Stephen Curry Use Shadows To Shine Brighter," 5 May 2021 Colleagues are dropping off left and right, leaving the profession or taking something more lucrative, like travel nursing, or just getting out all together to protect their families. Leslie Mullen, cleveland, "Nurse Leslie Mullen shares fatigue of COVID: Northeast Ohio Health Care Heroes," 4 May 2021 Her grandmother was a lawyer, a pioneer for women in the profession who graduated law school in 1924. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Julianna Margulies reflects on 'The Good Wife' legacy, drama surrounding her 'ER' departure," 4 May 2021 The discount will be included at checkout, via a profession verification process. Mark Heim |, al, "Under Armour offers 40 percent off for Teacher Appreciation Week, nurses," 3 May 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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9 May 2021

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“Profession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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