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.

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Canada legalized marijuana on Oct. 17th and, in doing so, is professionalizing the marijuana industry. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Illinois is close to legalizing recreational marijuana. Here's what that means for Indiana.," 6 June 2019 Like many companies, Under Armour has struggled at times to professionalize its workplace as the once scrappy startup has grown into a business with thousands of employees. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Meet Under Armour CEO’s Unusual Adviser: An MSNBC Anchor," 21 Feb. 2019 But cockfighting is highly professionalized and underground. Travis Andersen,, "Hundreds of roosters might have to be euthanized after Northampton cockfighting bust," 29 May 2018 Hawaii Republicans are bringing experienced staffers from the mainland to help professionalize campaigns amid a dearth of qualified candidates. Michelle R. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Even in high-interest election year, top races go unopposed," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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

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