pro·​fes·​sion·​al·​ize | \ prə-ˈfesh-nə-ˌlīz, -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 , -​ˌfe-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of professionalize in a Sentence

The country is professionalizing the military.

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To keep favored groups out of jail, politicians deliberately politicize and de-professionalize the country’s security services. Rachel Kleinfeld, WSJ, "The Violence Driving Migration Isn’t Just Gangs," 9 Nov. 2018 The moves were meant to build a fan culture and professionalize local teams. New York Times, "China Won’t Play in This World Cup. It Still Hopes to Profit.," 30 May 2018 As the internet developed and professionalized, that admin-anxiety gradually disappeared. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Death of a provocateur," 30 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, a competitive element is emerging as the sport professionalizes. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Move the Furniture, It’s Time for a Drone Race," 30 July 2018 Shirlene Ostrov, the party’s chairwoman, is bringing in experienced staffers from the mainland to professionalize local campaigns, and is working to build its donor base and recruit candidates. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Diminished Hawaii Republicans aim to incrementally rebuild," 23 Oct. 2018 Pompeo also promised to continue the department's efforts to train and professionalize the Haiti National Police. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Illegal Dominican goods cost Haiti $400 million a year. U.S. lawmakers want crackdown," 26 Apr. 2018 The dying were put in hospitals or nursing homes, visiting hours were moved to funeral homes, and cemeteries were professionalized and standardized. David Sloane,, "Is the cemetery dead?," 12 May 2018 Ferndale has managed to maintain low parking rates since around 2004 or 2005 through wise investments in technology and professionalizing parking services, according to Assistant City Manager Joseph Gacioch. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Feeding the meter costs 3x more in Royal Oak than Ferndale," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of professionalize

1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of professionalize

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

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to gather or build up little by little

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