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

Other Words from professionalize

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 Sandberg came to then-startup Facebook in 2008 from Google to help professionalize the company and expand into areas like advertising, which last quarter brought in $27 billion on sales, freeing up Zuckerberg to dream up products. Alyson Shontell, Fortune, 1 June 2022 The programs are a linchpin of U.S. policy on the continent, intended to help African allies professionalize their armed forces to fight armed opponents both foreign and domestic. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 9 Apr. 2022 As the field started to professionalize, Klári’s coding work started to taper off. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2022 Some employees acknowledge that Twitch’s drive to professionalize its operations has had tangible benefits, including making the culture safer and more welcoming for streamers and staff. Cecilia D'anastasio,, 3 Mar. 2022 In addition to her advocacy on behalf of women who wanted to go to college or work for a living, Hale did much to professionalize the job held by the vast majority of women—that of wife, mother and homemaker. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 While the goal of Russia’s 2008 revamp was to fully professionalize the armed forces, around a third of personnel are short-term conscripts. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 The altimeter industry itself opted not to professionalize by developing international technical standards. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Prediction #1: Ransomware will increase as cybercriminals professionalize — and leverage the supply chain. Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of professionalize

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Professionalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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