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

In the mean time, build up your own online presence through a simple website and professional social media channels. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 Out of that meeting came a professional and romantic connection that would span decades. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Was Bob Fosse? 6 Things to Know Before Watching Fosse/Verdon," 10 Apr. 2019 Of course, this will help your career as well, as there are events to attend where professional and social relationships become blended. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 If ditching the morning commute wasn't enough, this position comes with other perks including an employee discount and access to the Employee Assistance Program, which provides 24/7 support and resources for professional and personal needs. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Is Hiring 3,000 Work-from-Home Positions — Find Out If You Qualify," 12 Mar. 2019 Emails and phone messages seeking comment from the state board of cosmetology and the bureau of professional and occupational affairs were left. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Suit: Drop ‘good moral character’ cosmetologist requirement," 12 Dec. 2018 Women make up a greater proportion of the country’s professional and technical workers than any other country in the world. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy," 18 Oct. 2018 Native eventually secured $550,000 from professional and individual investors, a relative pittance in the startup world where $100 million funding rounds and billion dollar valuations are discussed in a way that could sound like the norm. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money," 29 Aug. 2018 What to Write in Your Boss's Christmas Card When writing a Christmas card to your boss, keep it warm, but also keep it professional. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "What to Write in a Christmas Card: Creative Messages for Everyone On Your List," 14 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The annual Met Gala is the most important night of the year for fashion professionals. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross' Met Gala Look Paid Tribute to Black Art," 7 May 2019 This was a matchmaking night for professionals seeking to join a nonprofit board of directors. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Nonprofits Turn to Matchmakers to Fill Their Boards," 7 May 2019 ConceptD is Acer’s new brand of PCs made for creative professionals who need gaming-class graphics power, but in quieter, cooler systems, better suited for corporate and studio environments. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Sorry, gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators," 12 Apr. 2019 Aprehend is a relatively new product available for professionals that uses more natural ingredients. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 Beverage companies spend billions promoting their products that public health professional can’t match, said Kristine Madsen, a physician and associate professor of public health at University of California, Berkeley. NBC News, "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes," 29 June 2018 In the United States, health-care professionals primarily rely on the ICD for its medical definitions, which help clinicians identify and diagnose conditions. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’," 28 June 2018 Not many business professionals will probably care about virtualization, the ability to wall off a portion of your hard drive into a virtual PC, complete with its own operating system. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade," 5 Mar. 2019 Energy professionals are aware that strains are starting to show. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018

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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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13 May 2019

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The first known use of professional was in 1606

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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 professionally (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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