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 professionalization (audio) , -​ˌfe-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun

Examples of professionalize in a Sentence

The country is professionalizing the military.
Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, for all the early aughts talk of blogs taking over the world, the era of independent blogs turned out to be a brief one, and attempts to professionalize the blogging genre required stamping the iconoclasm out of it. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Death of the Rude Press," 7 Nov. 2019 Still, a new group—comprised of military veterans and an ex-NASA scientist—says the research can be more legitimate, and hopes to professionalize the study of UFOs. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Military, NASA Veterans Form UFO Research Group," 30 Oct. 2019 First, it has substantially modernized and professionalized its force. Time, "Trump’s Actions in Ukraine Were Dangerous for the U.S.," 20 Nov. 2019 From time to time over the past three years, Gleason and his finance director, Dolly Miller, have helped Wynkoop professionalize the town’s operation on their days off, at a rate of $70 an hour. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Tiny Montverde could become region’s smallest town with a professional manager," 1 Nov. 2019 But for at least two decades—as the marathon has professionalized, and the world record dropped to within a few minutes of two hours—there has been a debate about if, or when, the mark could be broken. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "Inside the Race to Break the Two-Hour Marathon," 11 Oct. 2019 But war, advertising, and Hollywood has helped to broaden, professionalize, and glamorize smoking’s appeal. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "How War Made the Cigarette," 25 Sep. 2019 Gilman advocated for professionalizing domestic work so women were free to leave their homes, to earn their own money, and to fully participate in society. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The utopian ‘feminist apartment hotels’ of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," 24 July 2019 Kelly saw in Porter a partner in professionalizing the operation. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "Senior White House official to resign after ex-wives’ allegations of abuse," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of professionalize

1856, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Professionalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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