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 Renowned for his nimble footwork, exemplary hand speed and head movement, Usyk collected all four major world belts at cruiserweight and has won all 18 of his professional contests, 13 of them inside the distance. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 Created by the ensemble cast of amateur and professional performers, this original production guided by Raymond Bobgan and Faye Hargate will feature ensemble members performing their own personal stories, scenes, poetry readings, and live music. cleveland, 20 July 2021 Meanwhile the Florida Health Care Association, the nursing home industry’s professional alliance, also defended efforts to get workers vaccinated, noting that some facilities have offered bonuses to staffers who do. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, 20 July 2021 Tampa's professional sports teams have won three titles from 2020-21, with the Buccaneers' victory being bookended by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup wins. Emily Leiker, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 He's also had the opportunity to pass on his expertize to aspiring runners by captaining the Runners' lab Athletics Elite Men's Team, which provides professional infrastructure for top European athletes. Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 20 July 2021 Elbow problems, including Tommy John surgery, limited Kaprielian to 27 professional appearances through 2019. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021 The Diamondbacks' 2001 title remains Arizona's only professional title among the four major pro sports. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 Our editorial code of principles governs professional behavior and journalism standards. chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sandy, who has the eagle eye of a legal professional and intuition of a Dad who has brought their child up to be a decent human being, notices Seth’s disregard for Anna, his supposed girlfriend, in favor of flirting with Summer. Lauren Pinnington, Vulture, 18 June 2021 Both spaces have potential health risks as well, and shouldn’t be used without first consulting a medical professional. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The case takes them to the workplaces of informants, a high-end brothel, the office of a shady medical professional and the home of the city’s most notorious gangster. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 The program works to provide people a safe setting to work through feelings of loss or trauma under the guidance of a licensed professional. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 29 Mar. 2021 Those already under the care of a mental health professional should continue teletherapy sessions throughout the holidays. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, 21 Dec. 2020 In my other iteration as a real estate professional, a lot of situations come up from every angle that may need a little diversion or break in the tension. Michael Polk, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 Gebru was the only speaker who was not a professor, investment professional, or representative of a tech company, but, as one organizer recalls, her talk generated more interest than any of the others. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 As a first-generation college graduate, a Black millennial woman, a corporate professional, and a new business owner who prides herself on being excellent, this was a totally new concept. Dominique Fluker, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 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 30 Jul. 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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