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

No one had cell phones and the only person with a camera who wasn’t a professional photographer was Andy Warhol. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Ian Schrager Opens Up For the First Time About What Really Happened at Studio 54," 3 Oct. 2018 The new Lumix S series is Panasonic’s most sincere effort yet to appeal to professional photographers. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Panasonic’s Lumix S1R is an unapologetically blocky pro camera," 29 Sep. 2018 The experience of using Pixlr is that of a mobile app, not a desktop program, which will be insufficient for most professional photographers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Review: HP’s Chromebook x2 could convince me to go all-in on Chrome OS," 18 Sep. 2018 Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. Miguel Claro, Space.com, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018 One more thing: Brandstatter is also extremely professional. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Lions voice Jim Brandstatter deserved better than this," 13 July 2018 Respond immediately and politely: People want to know that the owner is professional and cares about fixing legitimate problems. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "How should businesses respond to bad reviews? Tips to combat negative social media," 7 July 2018 But they weren't taken by a professional photographer. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 Virtual reality has been adopted by the military, mining and gas exploration companies and even some professional football teams. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "At Penn State, Field Trips Go Virtual," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More relevant to the Apple comparison, Microsoft's Surface computers have crept into some of Apple's Mac mindshare with creative professionals, though that is only a small portion of business for either tech giant. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Microsoft (briefly) passed Apple to become the most valuable US company today," 26 Nov. 2018 Chromat worked with creative agency Berlin Cameron on this campaign, marking the first time the indie brand collaborated with ad professionals. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Chromat Is Rewriting the 'Pool Rules' With Its Latest Swim Campaign," 16 July 2018 Grow your business by networking with other professionals. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Business Agenda," 2 July 2018 Those 80 nominees participate in an intensive weeklong training with industry professionals in advance of one mega-performance at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, after which a Best Actor and Best Actress are chosen, winning college scholarships. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, "Billboard on Broadway Podcast: It's Time for the Teen Tonys, The Jimmy Awards!," 25 June 2018 Protecting donor funds Dealing with reputable investment professionals is paramount for college endowments. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Iceland has spent the past two decades seeding its youth coaching ranks with professionals. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "How Soccer’s Minnows Got to the World Cup," 16 June 2018 Teams with mental health professionals give field assessments. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 After two weeks, the Moodpath provides users with an electronic document designed to aid in discussion with healthcare professionals. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "7 Apps Designed to Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety," 8 June 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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