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 Woods’s recovery won’t be easy, and the status of his professional career is uncertain. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Tiger Woods and the Long Way Back," 25 Feb. 2021 Katie Fudd, then Katie Smrcka-Duffy, starred at Georgetown and was drafted into the WNBA before her professional career was derailed by an ACL injury. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "UConn women’s signee Azzi Fudd opens up to ESPN about recovery from ACL, MCL tears and more," 25 Feb. 2021 As Tiger Woods racked up dozens of victories on the PGA Tour during his professional golf career, the wins have come at a price to his 45-year-old body. USA Today, "Tiger Woods' injuries: A lifetime of damage in 45 years," 24 Feb. 2021 The 25-year-old McKinstry has played second base, shortstop, third base, left field, center field and right field in his professional career. Los Angeles Times, "Cody Bellinger is ahead of schedule in his shoulder rehab," 24 Feb. 2021 Now, the 26-year-old from East Baltimore was going overseas to continue his professional basketball career. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "His father was killed driving an MTA bus in Baltimore. Aaron Parks wants to continues his legacy through basketball.," 24 Feb. 2021 Todd, who never signed a letter of intent, eventually spurned Michigan to pursue his professional basketball career and currently plays in the NBA's G League. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball breaks McDonald's All-American game drought," 23 Feb. 2021 With a total of 44 NBA appearances under his belt — the equivalent of about half a normal season — Johnson’s professional career is still in its infancy. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson is the NBA lottery pick that wasn't," 19 Feb. 2021 Redshirt junior Fall started four games last year but thinking ahead to a professional career could be best suited as a reliever. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU baseball: What to know as Sun Devils open 2021 season," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ruiz is an enthusiastic professional who is making a solid name for himself in Dallas real estate through hard work and dedicated service to his clients, said CEO Allie Beth Allman. Dallas News, "Firm welcomes top producer Raul Ruiz," 17 Jan. 2021 From her days as Posh Spice to designing her own fashion line, Victoria Beckham has always been an on-camera professional, posing like a pro in photoshoots and on red carpets. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Victoria Beckham Shares the Most Relatable Family Christmas Card Blooper Video," 19 Dec. 2020 Yet these links or attachments are set up to steal information or to download malware onto the tax professional’s computer. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "IRS to start processing 2020 tax returns Friday: What to know before you file," 12 Feb. 2021 Allison Nelson, 29, a cleaning professional from Denver, loves reading comments from her viewers on TikTok. New York Times, "Deep-Cleaning Videos Are Getting Grosser," 3 Feb. 2021 The Red Sox CEO/president is ever-polite and a true professional. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Recalling Hank Aaron’s only Fenway Park home run, and other thoughts," 22 Jan. 2021 As an individual, your needs won’t be as time-consuming as those of a corporate client, so even an IT professional who is employed full-time may be open to freelancing after hours. Abby Schwartz, Wired, "How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home," 20 Jan. 2021 For example, employers/beneficiaries can hire an HVAC professional to analyze a facility’s system and to identify upgrades to improve overall system performance. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Rocky River chamber spreading word about COVID-19 indoor air quality assistance," 12 Jan. 2021 No one wanted to introduce germs into their homes or risk exposing a home-service professional to the coronavirus. Washington Post, "Cleaning, decluttering, victory gardens: The most-read home and garden stories of 2020," 30 Dec. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Professional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 professional (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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