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 To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org. Luis Cortes, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Sunlight or not? Why to design with wellness lighting in mind," 28 Mar. 2020 That could very well be an indication of where Scruggs is leaning in regard to returning to school or pursuing professional opportunities. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "FaceTime campus tour helps Xavier basketball land grad transfer Nate Johnson," 28 Mar. 2020 Tikhonova credits her friend, a professional cellist from Ann Arbor, with giving her the idea for porch performances. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Cello player performs on Royal Oak porch for neighbors amid stay-at-home order," 27 Mar. 2020 In five previous games, the Suns were represented by Phoenix players Ty Jerome and Frank Kaminsky, former Baltimore Ravens safety Tony Jefferson and professional 2K gamer Antonio Saldivar. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "No baseball on Opening Day, yet the Mariners are somehow 0-1," 27 Mar. 2020 In a recent decluttering webinar hosted by professional , people all over the country signed on to Zoom to get how-to tips while sequestered at home due to the coronavirus. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "Expert tips on decluttering your home during the coronavirus pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 The professional society for anesthesiologists insisted that all their members needed N95s. Eric Boodman, STAT, "With masks dwindling, a hospital’s Covid-19 crisis team searches for a way out," 27 Mar. 2020 The pandemic has — rightfully — forced professional, college and high school sports across the country to either cancel or suspend their seasons. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: Steph Curry, Anthony Fauci team up is our new norm," 27 Mar. 2020 But there used to be a corresponding level of professional gravitas that engendered reader trust. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The Political Media Are Failing America," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Healthy people do not need masks, city officials explained, and they should be reserved for individuals with symptoms or medical professionals. Nicole Dungca, Washington Post, "As Trump declared coronavirus under control, some local officials took steps to mobilize for the pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 Medical professionals manage the risk to themselves through an array of procedures. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "For Bay Area health care givers, coming home fraught with risk," 29 Mar. 2020 Much of what the general public must do to help medical professionals on the front lines of pandemic management involves not doing anything, at least not beyond the four walls of our homes. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Read this ancient text to deal with coronavirus pandemic stress," 28 Mar. 2020 Among the health care professionals was Anthony Fauci, then chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation, who is now coordinating and overseeing the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 virus. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Pharma’ paints a troubling picture of an unchecked industry," 27 Mar. 2020 However, many health professionals agree that following sane advice to keep our immune systems healthy—engaging in moderate exercise, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding stressing out—is probably our best bet. Katarina Zimmer, Outside Online, "Supporting Your Immune System Is Simple," 27 Mar. 2020 In essence, the company is saying that its diagnostic can help suss out both present and past cases to help medical professionals figure out exactly what level of care patients should get. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "How one company says it can do a coronavirus test in 15 minutes," 26 Mar. 2020 Soldiers roamed deserted streets enforcing quarantines, and medical professionals braced for an onslaught of patients by building field hospitals. BostonGlobe.com, "As Latin America shuts down to fight virus, Brazil and Mexico are holdouts," 25 Mar. 2020 Wuhan’s officials destroyed evidence and harassed medical professionals who warned about the new virus. Mike Watson, National Review, "China’s Mask Mercantilism," 23 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'professional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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31 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Professional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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professional

adjective
How to pronounce professional (audio)

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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