professional

1 of 2

adjective

pro·​fes·​sion·​al prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce professional (audio)
-ˈfe-shə-nᵊl
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
professionally adverb

professional

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noun

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But that’s between a lawyer and a professional negotiator of the team. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 This timeframe can differ based on your study habits, professional background, and personal commitments. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 My Analysis Of Luke's Insights Luke's advice, with its blend of common sense and straightforward simplicity, provides foundational principles that can be transformative when applied to the contact center or almost any personal or professional environment. Greg Salvato, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Today, hair discrimination is more commonly seen in professional and educational dress codes, Asamoah said. Chandelis Duster, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Related Stories Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, both Kessler and Di Bonaventura were enthusiastic about their new professional pairing. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 Mulroney is a professional cellist, and Apollinaare is a singer-songwriter. Emily Blackwood, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 And as the county works to invest in future generations, Vargas announced a professional development program for youths in the region. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2024 Those who develop the disease should consult a health professional to ensure the infection does not turn into a worse illness like shingles. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Feb. 2024
Noun
As our January 2024 Workforce Report at iCIMS indicates, 51% of professionals are considering a new job this year. Laura Coccaro, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Tampa’s professionals earn an average annual salary of $89,861, which amounts to $7,488 per month, $1,728 per week, and $43.20 per hour. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 This universal healthcare model allows patients to bypass traditional physical and financial barriers, connecting them directly with professionals through telemedicine. Chris Gallagher, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 On Wednesday, as political professionals assess the New Hampshire results, Biden will address members of the United Auto Workers at its national Community Action Program conference in Washington, D.C. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 But doing so requires additional resources, such as people – in this case, Cal-OSHA safety inspectors – and time, which is currently in short supply for those few safety professionals still employed by the division. Maya Miller, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Rankings are based on information obtained from more than 26,000 evaluations representing the opinions of healthcare professionals and clinicians from more than 5,000 healthcare organizations and measuring more than 1,100 health IT products and services. Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 An El Cajon Superior Court jury deliberated roughly 2½ days before reaching verdicts in the case, a rare instance of medical professionals being criminally charged in the death of an inmate. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 This acquisition will not only expand Armada's service offering but also bring in a team of highly skilled professionals with deep expertise in the industry. Brooke Zangaro, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of professional was in 1606

Dictionary Entries Near professional

Cite this Entry

“Professional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

professional

1 of 2 adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce professional (audio)
-ən-ᵊl
1
a
: of, relating to, or resembling that of a profession
b
: having a particular profession as a permanent career
a professional soldier
2
a
: taking part for money in an activity (as sport) that others do for pleasure
professional golfers
b
: engaged in by persons who are paid
professional football
professionally
adverb

professional

2 of 2 noun
: a person who engages in an activity professionally

Medical Definition

professional

1 of 2 adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio)
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
professionally adverb

professional

2 of 2 noun
: a person who is professional
especially : a person who engages in a pursuit or activity professionally
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