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

Dennis Kwok, a pro-democracy politician and barrister who represents the legal constituency in LegCo, notes that particular controversy surrounds elections within professional bodies that allow for proxy voting. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 31 Aug. 2019 If that’s not available to you, try talking to a professional such as an addiction counselor. Joel Lewin, Quartz at Work, "How to talk to your employer about your addiction," 28 Aug. 2019 What came next was preparation for being away from his parents as a professional, most of which overlapped with his father’s early treatments. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles prospect Adam Hall’s standout season comes as his father fights cancer: ‘I don’t know how he does what he does’," 26 Aug. 2019 Imagine a professional who has the special training and has spent the time familiarizing themselves with the data on Trump trying to defend their decision to stay silent ten years from now. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "On Trump and Queeg: A Followup," 25 Aug. 2019 The survey also said that 20% of open positions in 2018 were not filled by a qualified professional or just not filled at all, leading to 225 classes being canceled. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Illinois increases minimum teacher salaries across the state," 22 Aug. 2019 While there are no cures for such disabilities as autism, Down Syndrome, and cerebral palsy, SMSC helps people with cognitive disorders achieve personal and professional fulfillment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Haute with Heart," 21 Aug. 2019 Our professional and personal successes are the byproduct of a series of failures and the grace of those who had faith in our trajectory of growth and evolution, despite our shortcomings. Aimee Groth, Quartz, "Andrew Yang’s basic income plan permits Americans to fail. And that’s a good thing," 20 Aug. 2019 At first, Tobias’s interest in the group was professional. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The forum, attended by mental health professionals, educators and others, presented therapy practices, intervention techniques, and prevention programs to fight violence and treat its effects on victims. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parkland shooting survivors share songs of hope," 8 Sep. 2019 These struggles were compounded by mental health professionals dealing with large caseloads, treating as many as 25 children at a time. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Watchdog details psychological trauma among migrant children separated from families," 4 Sep. 2019 Why, the scene showing Hannah Baker's death by suicide sparked controversy among viewers, critics, and mental health professionals for its graphic portrayal. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Actor Bex Taylor-Klaus on the Show's Third Season, Auditioning as a Non-Binary Actor, and More," 3 Sep. 2019 What's more, many people at risk aren't regularly meeting with a mental health professional at all. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Suicide attempts are hard to anticipate. A study that tracks teens’ cellphone use aims to change that," 21 Aug. 2019 Before audiences young and old, working with professionals and students, Alsop shows passion, verve and commitment. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "BSO music director Marin Alsop to be featured in documentary," 29 Aug. 2019 The post is now selected by a group of about 1,200 prominent professionals and members of the Legislative Council, most of whom are loyal to China. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Why most Jews in Hong Kong are not involved with the protests," 27 Aug. 2019 For Williams, the 2018-19 season was more of a learning experience off the floor, about life as a professional and grown man. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "How a tattoo is a sign of Robert Williams’s maturation process heading into Celtics’ season," 26 Aug. 2019 Urban professionals and Russia’s liberal opposition, including anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, have thus far seemed unable to forge connections with the broader masses of Russians, or even Muscovites. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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professional

adjective

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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