pro·​fes·​sion·​al·​ize | \ prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce professionalize (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nə-ˌlīz \
professionalized; professionalizing

Definition of professionalize

transitive verb

: to give a professional character to

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professionalization \ prə-​ˌfesh-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce professionalize (audio) , -​ˌfe-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of professionalize in a Sentence

The country is professionalizing the military.
Recent Examples on the Web Under state law, most California homeowners including those in San Francisco can add up to two in-law units to their properties, but Regan said allowing fourplexes would professionalize the endeavor and add far more housing. Heather Knight,, "San Francisco is one of California’s most conservative cities — when it comes to housing," 23 Jan. 2021 There is a massive investment opportunity set in the lower midmarket and the potential to create value and capture multiple expansion in these companies, if the general partner can professionalize and grow the business. Preeti Singh, WSJ, "TIFF Investment Management’s Parry Weighs In on Lower Midmarket Investing," 24 Dec. 2020 Foley promised to professionalize the sheriff’s department. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How to Spot a Military Impostor," 19 Oct. 2020 After Hurricane Katrina, Hunter proved a reliable ally of the forces trying to professionalize the parish public defender agency with full-time lawyers instead of part-time contract positions. Matt Sledge,, "After 23 years on the bench, Arthur Hunter mounts bid for DA," 12 Oct. 2020 As the Taliban began regaining ground, U.S. and NATO forces started a concerted effort to professionalize the police to hold what districts the Afghan government still controlled. Najim Rahim, New York Times, "He Killed 2 Marines in 2011. It Almost Derailed Peace Talks This Month.," 22 Sep. 2020 It was expected that Wick would professionalize the mom-and-pop-store nature of NR’s corporate affairs. Jack Fowler, National Review, "‘Wick’ Allison, R.I.P.," 2 Sep. 2020 Many hope this experience will force Hong Kong schools to professionalize and standardize their online curricula. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Happened When Hong Kong’s Schools Went Virtual to Combat the Spread of Coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 The diversity training is an outgrowth of a House initiative to professionalize its human resources operations following a spate of complaints in 2018. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio House to require diversity training for staff in upcoming session," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of professionalize

1856, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2021

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“Professionalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of professionalize

formal : to make (an activity) into a job that requires special education, training, or skill
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