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 Nnamdi Asomugha was one of the NFL's best defensive backs during his 11-year professional sports career. CBS News, "Ex-NFL star on how he stumbled into acting and made his Broadway debut: "This is where I'm supposed to be"," 15 Feb. 2020 After telling professional teams he was committed to attending college, Wilson was not drafted out of high school in 2018. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Ethan Wilson, South Alabama baseball facing high expectations in 2020," 13 Feb. 2020 The Dallas Rattlers, a professional lacrosse team that played its home games at The Star in Frisco for the past two years, will cease operations for the 2020 season, Major League Lacrosse announced Monday. Dallas News, "Dallas Rattlers lacrosse team to cease operations for 2020 season," 10 Feb. 2020 The victory was Ostrander’s first since leaving Boise State after her junior year last spring and joining the Brooks Beasts professional track team. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Allie Ostrander turns on the speed down the final stretch for a thrilling victory at the Millrose Games," 9 Feb. 2020 As for Reyes, the defeat at UFC 247 was the first loss of his professional career, snapping a 12-fight winning streak. Nolan King, MMA Junkie, "UFC 247 results: Jon Jones edges Dominick Reyes in back-and-forth battle to retain title," 9 Feb. 2020 Cincinnati as an attractive memorabilia market Cincinnati's rich baseball history, highlighted by the Reds being the first professional baseball team, makes Cincinnati a hot-bed for valuable sports merchandise. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "How much is your sports memorabilia worth? Items of these Cincinnati legends are the most valuable," 7 Feb. 2020 Bryant, who was among nine people killed in a helicopter crash last month, was very close with Leslie; the athletes both began their professional careers in Los Angeles and sparked up a friendship that spanned over two decades. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Gayle King Is “Mortified” By Edited Kobe Bryant Question With Lisa Leslie," 6 Feb. 2020 The Milwaukee Admirals professional hockey team, which shared the BMO Harris Bradley Center with the Milwaukee Bucks before the arena was torn down, did not follow the Bucks to Fiserv Forum and instead play at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee will host Wisconsin Badgers hockey tournament in December, according to report," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite the high price tags, demand for the new buildings is strong from both young professionals and older empty nesters seeking to downsize with a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas apartment market soars with more than a dozen high-rises," 14 Feb. 2020 The pair plans to hold a Tuesday morning press conference with medical professionals and parents whose children have experienced gender dysphoria. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio bill would punish doctors who help transgender kids transition," 11 Feb. 2020 With positive lessons learned, a new dialogue now begins with a focus on improving best practices and elevating the alignment between security professionals and law enforcement. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Exonerated: Charges dropped against pentesters paid to break into Iowa courthouse," 30 Jan. 2020 Public-health professionals and policy makers have warned about outbreaks like this one—with the potential for global spread and the loss of many lives—for years. Luciana Borio And Scott Gottlieb, WSJ, "Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic," 28 Jan. 2020 Tierra del Mar, 65 miles southwest of Portland, is home to a mix of professionals and retirees who share a love of the unspoiled beach that is fringed with coastal pines and the deer, bald eagles and rare seabirds that inhabit the area. Andrew Selsky, USA TODAY, "Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town," 12 Jan. 2020 Condolences to the family of former Minnesota PGA president Steve Haagenson, who was the section’s golf professional of the year in 2004 and died recently at age 63 of Alzheimer’s disease in Phoenix, Ariz. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Playoff win likely required for new deals for Kirk Cousins, Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman," 28 Dec. 2019 The program is home to a team of behavioral health professionals and researchers who use a virtual reality and exposure techniques to reduce PTSD symptoms. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando lawmakers seek funding for Pulse survivors and UCF’s PTSD counseling," 11 Dec. 2019 So much so that Free Street has licensed professionals and an after-care room available to help people who may need to talk through any emotions or experiences the show brought up. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'Good Grief’ is a very personal solo show about a woman’s pain and loss — and may also be about yours," 8 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Professional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=profes06. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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