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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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 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 | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 Since that debate in the early 2000s, the party has welcomed capitalists to join its ranks, experimented with political reforms to professionalize the civil service and allowed an expansion of civil society—eroding the party’s dominance. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Xi Capitalizes on Marx’s Legacy to Rally China Around Communist Party," 7 May 2018 The boxes: Large door-to-door balikbayan box companies like Atlas, LBC, and Starkargo have professionalized the practice of sending balikbayan boxes via shipping container or airmail. Frank Shyong,, "These boxes are a billion-dollar industry of homesickness for Filipinos overseas," 28 Apr. 2018 The interviews show that 15 months after taking office, the Trump administration is still struggling to professionalize its nomination process to ensure vetting is taken seriously and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are prepared for any surprises. Juana Summers, CNN, "Inside the dramatic collapse of Ronny Jackson's bid to lead the VA," 26 Apr. 2018 Other paths—especially professionalized, artistic ones—were possible, but extremely hard-won. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence," 24 Apr. 2018 Russia questioned why the designation is needed as part of a resolution that is supposed to be aimed at assisting the Haitian government with professionalizing its national police, monitoring human rights and strengthening its justice system. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "U.N. mission in Haiti extended for another year by Security Council | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 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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