professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -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 support instruction, the school created common planning and professional development for teachers to collaborate in their disciplines to create rigorous lessons that could engage and support all learners in their classes. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How one Maryland high school successfully boosted minority student enrollment in advanced classes," 10 July 2018 Women in Music is a 33-year-old global non-profit focused on furthering education and professional development for women working in music. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Interscope Execs Lead Panel for Women on How to Make It in the Music Business," 6 July 2018 The local union also has used resources from the national group that directly impact student learning, such as professional development sessions for teachers, McKim said. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Supreme Court's Janus ruling could impact Kentucky teachers unions," 27 June 2018 Of those with benefits, the most common were flexible working hours (32 percent), professional development (28 percent), fitness/health (19 percent), food/snacks (19 percent), and working from home (14 percent), SCORE found. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Survey: Small-biz employees prefer perks over pay raise," 22 June 2018 Other cuts that raised concern included a $3.7 million cut in instructional coaches — staff that provide professional development to teachers — that will drive the number of coaches down by 20. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Hartford School Board Delays Final Decision On Reduced Budget Until Next Week," 21 June 2018 There are also a lot of tech workers, college students, and professional artists who take the 80 different classes in everything from hoop diving and contortion to juggling, tight wire, and tumbling. BostonGlobe.com, "Her circus business embraces the unconventional," 14 July 2018 Museum launches resident artist program The DuPage Children’s Museum has a new program in which young children can work alongside a professional artist this summer. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 Another commenter pined for the days when criminals were more professional. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He wore underwear for the break-in — but not in the right place, video shows," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Such books matched the needs of students, professionals, and other aspirational readers who used these texts for practical purposes. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 On Thursday, over 40 entertainment industry professionals (including Lauren Sivan, Anthony Rapp, Terry Crews, Rosanna Arquette, Olivia Munn, and Mira Sorvino) signed an open letter in The Los Angeles Times calling for the end of this bullying. refinery29.com, "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 By loaning players to teams in the Championship or lower, young players are able to familiarise themselves with the physical nature of the English game against seasoned professionals, instead of their peers. SI.com, "England's World Cup Success Demonstrates the Importance of the Loan System to Player Development," 12 July 2018 The announcement shows how Apple is leaning heavily into its marketing around creative professionals, just as its education announcement a few months ago leaned heavily into the creative aspects of education devices. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 The 65-member team is made up of government affairs professionals, as GE prefers to call them, but, yes, there are lobbyists among them. BostonGlobe.com, "Demand for chips is insatiable, and that’s just fine with Entegris," 9 July 2018 Other opportunities include administrative and executive assistants, accountants, truck drivers, crane operators, cyber security professionals, traditional floor hands and roustabouts, said Head. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Education, training crucial to energy industry success," 8 July 2018 Among young professionals who do migrate, there is a strong desire for community, says Anne Snyder, a writer and scholar who studies civil society in small and mid-sized cities. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "How young liberals' moves to Red America may temper political divides," 6 July 2018 In response, environmental groups, hitherto quiescent environmental professionals, and more — all Americans who care about the health of our country and our planet — still need to find new ways and means of mobilizing against it, and fast. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 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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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 \

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 \

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 \ 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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