professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce professional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b : engaged in one of the learned professions
c(1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
(2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
2a : participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs a professional golfer
b : having a particular profession as a permanent career a professional soldier
c : engaged in by persons receiving financial return professional football
3 : following a line of conduct as though it were a profession a professional patriot

professional

noun

Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is professional especially : one that engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

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Other Words from professional

Adjective

professionally adverb

Examples of professional in a Sentence

Adjective Do you have any professional experience? You should seek professional advice. a golfer who recently turned professional I was impressed by the calm and professional way she handled the crisis. The presentation was very professional. Noun The bathtub was installed by a professional. The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals. a golfer who recently became a professional She handled the situation like a professional.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The former national security adviser to President Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has written a revealing account that opens up about the personal and professional aspects of her life. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Former national security adviser Susan Rice coming to Detroit, Ann Arbor," 17 Jan. 2020 No professional writer or artist should be working for free. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "Telling Stories In Order to Live: On Writing and Money," 17 Jan. 2020 Some of them are Olympians, while others are just getting started in their professional careers. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet All the Pro Figure Skaters Who Appeared on "Spinning Out"," 15 Jan. 2020 Significantly brighter than any other planet or star, Venus provides a unique observing experience for amateur sky watchers and professional astronomers alike. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Celestial Events You Don’t Want to Miss in 2020," 14 Jan. 2020 If the exercise still causes a sharp or dull pain, stop doing it immediately and see a professional to sort things out. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "An Upper-Body Workout That’s Gentle on Your Shoulders," 11 Jan. 2020 Then customers will select a date and time frame within the next 90 days for the professional to come, typically with options available the day of the order. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Put the Mop Down! Amazon Will Clean Your Entire House or Apartment for You," 6 Jan. 2020 Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard Julio Jones has nothing to play for other than being a professional cashing a large check. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Prop Bet Payday: Week 17," 29 Dec. 2019 Javier Gonzalez, a Californian who was Mr. Sanders’s deputy field director for Western states in 2016, said the 2020 operation is far more professional. New York Times, "How Bernie Sanders Learned to Love Campaigning in California," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like most aspiring professionals, Tsitsipas moved on from the junior circuit to low-rung, far-flung pro events. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Percy Shelley of Tennis, Takes Aim at the Australian Open," 19 Jan. 2020 Only in the past decade did radiology professionals start to reassess the practice, based on changes in imaging technology and a better understanding of radiation's effects. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Are X-ray aprons a feel-good measure that hurts diagnoses? Doctors increasingly say yes," 19 Jan. 2020 Culinary professionals suggest that the city, by virtue of the depth and quality of its food offerings, does promote a hidebound attitude. Charles Passy, WSJ, "To the Chagrin of Politicians, New York Has Strict Food Rules," 18 Jan. 2020 The tourney pairs amateurs to play alongside professionals. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "One-armed amateur golfer Laurent Hurtubise makes incredible hole-in-one at The American Express 2020," 18 Jan. 2020 Parents, teachers and professionals must be able to both talk about it and understand the risks for vulnerable children of any race. Rheeda Walker, The Conversation, "Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?," 17 Jan. 2020 The School Nutrition Association is the trade group for school food-service manufacturers and school food professionals which has frequently advocated for less stringent nutritional requirements. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "USDA proposes changing school menus to allow more fries and fewer vegetables," 17 Jan. 2020 Consider engaging a business advisor or similar professional who can assist you and your team. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Family business goal setting," 17 Jan. 2020 While wealthtech platforms market themselves as available to all comers, their user base is mainly dominated by young professionals who are more tech savvy and trusting of the internet. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Fintech startups are making it easier for Nigerian millennials to invest in US stocks," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of professional

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of professional was in 1606

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Last Updated

21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Professional.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professionally. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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professional

adjective
How to pronounce professional (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill
: done or given by a person who works in a particular profession
: paid to participate in a sport or activity

professional

noun

English Language Learners Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who does a job that requires special training, education, or skill : someone who is a member of a profession
: someone who is paid to participate in a sport or activity
: someone who has a lot of experience or skill in a particular job or activity

professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfe-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio) \

Kids Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to an occupation : of or as an expert professional advice
2 : taking part in an activity (as a sport) in order to make money
3 : participated in by people who are paid to compete professional sports
4 : having or showing a quality appropriate in a profession He did a very professional job.

Other Words from professional

professionally adverb

professional

noun

Kids Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who does a job that requires special education or skill
2 : a person who is paid to participate in a sport or activity

professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio) \

Medical Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
2 : engaged in one of the learned professions
3 : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

Other Words from professional

professionally \ -​ē How to pronounce professionally (audio) \ adverb

professional

noun

Medical Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is professional especially : a person who engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

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