professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce professional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b : engaged in one of the learned professions
c(1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
(2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
2a : participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs a professional golfer
b : having a particular profession as a permanent career a professional soldier
c : engaged in by persons receiving financial return professional football
3 : following a line of conduct as though it were a profession a professional patriot

professional

noun

Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is professional especially : one that engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

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Other Words from professional

Adjective

professionally adverb

Examples of professional in a Sentence

Adjective Do you have any professional experience? You should seek professional advice. a golfer who recently turned professional I was impressed by the calm and professional way she handled the crisis. The presentation was very professional. Noun The bathtub was installed by a professional. The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals. a golfer who recently became a professional She handled the situation like a professional.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jeremy Lin was a standout at Harvard before his Linsanity days in the NBA and lengthy professional career. John Marshall, ajc, "UCLA's Juzang could be first Asian American NBA lottery pick," 2 Apr. 2021 Griner was a year into her professional career with the Phoenix Mercury. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "While UConn women’s basketball and Baylor have a short history, it’s produced memorable moments and games. Here’s a look at the history ahead of Monday’s Elite Eight game.," 28 Mar. 2021 In a Thursday morning web conference with reporters, Miami coach Jim Larrañaga said Lykes was moving on to a professional career, either in the NBA or Europe. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricanes G Chris Lykes opts to enter transfer portal instead of going pro," 27 Mar. 2021 Deciding to stick around for a third and fourth year at Oregon State rather than commence a professional basketball career? oregonlive, "Pro basketball can wait, as Oregon State’s Ethan Thompson stamps himself as one of the school’s greats with impactful NCAA tourney run," 27 Mar. 2021 Italian forward Nicolo Melli — whom the Mavericks received in a four-player trade with the Pelicans just before the NBA’s deadline Thursday afternoon — has spent most of his professional career playing overseas. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "As Mavs build for championship future, trade arrival Nicolo Melli has already witnessed a Luka Doncic title," 25 Mar. 2021 Yost spent the first four years of his professional career as a reporter with the Columbus Citizen-Journal, a daily newspaper owned by Scripps Howard that printed its last edition in 1985. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Fire in my bones': The music-loving Ohio attorney general suing the Biden administration," 25 Mar. 2021 Higgins graduated from Boston University in 1986 and has worked as an educator for her whole professional career. BostonGlobe.com, "57-year-old New Hampshire woman gives birth to baby boy," 25 Mar. 2021 The 24-year-old India had a slow start to his professional career, producing good but not great numbers during his first two minor league seasons. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Reds' India impresses in spring, could be ready for breakout," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Call a professional to remove it, and secure your pets until it's gone. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, "It's rattlesnake season in Phoenix: Here's how to stay safe while hiking and in your yard," 1 Apr. 2021 The bar has been almost full nearly every day since it was opened, said Riki Yamauchi, a finance professional and the bar’s PR manager, even though Stock Pickers was launched when Japan was still in a coronavirus state of emergency. Shoko Oda, Fortune, "At this trendy tip-trading bar in Tokyo, Reddit-inspired retail traders look for investing tips with their drinks," 31 Mar. 2021 If a city government were to spend $500,000 of public money to upgrade its security systems and another $200,000 to hire a top technology professional, citizens might be up in arms, Wisniewski said. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward schools hackers are a new crew of ransomware scammers looking to make millions," 31 Mar. 2021 If a court determines that a child needs a competency evaluation, then there are stipulations, such as the evaluation has to be completed by a psychiatrist or other qualified professional. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Juvenile justice bill passes out of House committee; Indiana faces loss of $800K in fed funds," 24 Mar. 2021 The death shocked friends and families who knew McNulty, 59, as a healthy and robust outdoorsman as well as a fastidious health professional who guided the county through the height of the deadly pandemic. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton County health director led the fight against COVID-19. Then it took his life.," 23 Mar. 2021 Hire a professional for a chimney safety check and cleaning. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "A Handy Home Maintenance Checklist to Protect Your Biggest Investment," 23 Mar. 2021 Just keep investing broadly: no fee or low fee, with or without a professional who’s obligated to give you the best advice (a fiduciary). Carmen Rita Wong, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Market is a Myth They Need Us to Believe In," 22 Mar. 2021 As an African American woman, a media professional, and a licensed social worker, Chambers said she was also influenced by community calls for racial and social justice. oregonlive, "Tra’Renee Chambers on her new KATU-TV talk show: ‘This is definitely going to be something different’," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of professional

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of professional was in 1606

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“Professional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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professional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill
: done or given by a person who works in a particular profession
: paid to participate in a sport or activity

professional

noun

English Language Learners Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who does a job that requires special training, education, or skill : someone who is a member of a profession
: someone who is paid to participate in a sport or activity
: someone who has a lot of experience or skill in a particular job or activity

professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfe-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio) \

Kids Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to an occupation : of or as an expert professional advice
2 : taking part in an activity (as a sport) in order to make money
3 : participated in by people who are paid to compete professional sports
4 : having or showing a quality appropriate in a profession He did a very professional job.

Other Words from professional

professionally adverb

professional

noun

Kids Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who does a job that requires special education or skill
2 : a person who is paid to participate in a sport or activity

professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio) \

Medical Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
2 : engaged in one of the learned professions
3 : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

Other Words from professional

professionally \ -​ē How to pronounce professional (audio) \ adverb

professional

noun

Medical Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is professional especially : a person who engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

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