profession

noun
pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən How to pronounce profession (audio) \

Definition of profession

1 : the act of taking the vows of a religious community
2 : an act of openly declaring or publicly claiming a belief, faith, or opinion : protestation
3 : an avowed religious faith
4a : a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation
b : a principal calling, vocation, or employment
c : the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

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Examples of profession in a Sentence

The doctor talked to students who are thinking about entering the profession. Most professions in the medical field require years of training. Their daughter recently became a member of the medical profession.
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The goal was to lure people into professions like teaching, nursing or public-interest law, where pricey degrees are the ticket of entry but wages typically aren’t high enough to pay them off. ... Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Program to Relieve Student Debt Proves Unforgiving," 7 May 2019 If other professions did it with such ease, why couldn’t physicians do it too? Dana Corriel, SELF, "The Rise of the Social Media Doctor," 26 Apr. 2019 Whether or not Kate and Clarke will cross paths in relation to the campaign is unclear right now, but both women are obviously staunch supporters of the amazing work that individuals in the nursing profession do on a daily basis. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton & Emilia Clarke Share a Special Connection," 16 Mar. 2019 In 1834, Sarah Josepha Hale, the great American editor and champion of female education, published an article in her magazine calling for the nursing profession—then the domain of men—to be opened to women. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "‘Clara Barton’s Civil War’ and ‘Louisa on the Front Lines’ Review: Conquering New Territory," 1 Mar. 2019 And there’s an ongoing empirical debate in the economics profession about the extent to which inequities of outcome just mechanically produce inequalities in opportunity. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Centrist Democrats are out of ideas," 30 July 2018 The researchers, led by Irina Mordukhovich, a research associate at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, then compared the responses to those from a matched group of people not in the airline profession from an ongoing national health survey. Alice Park, Time, "Flight Attendants Have Higher Rates of Many Cancers, Study Says," 26 June 2018 Nancy's passion for nursing was passed on through her family as many are working in the healthcare profession. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Nancy B. Coman," 11 June 2018 The euro also has checked some of the economics profession’s worst ideas. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Euro’s Next 20 Years," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of profession

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for profession

Middle English professioun, from Anglo-French profession, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin profession-, professio, from Latin, public declaration, from profitēri

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profession

noun

English Language Learners Definition of profession

: a type of job that requires special education, training, or skill
: the people who work in a particular profession
formal : the act of declaring or saying something openly

profession

noun
pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən How to pronounce profession (audio) \

Kids Definition of profession

1 : an occupation (as medicine, law, or teaching) that is not mechanical or agricultural and that requires special education
2 : an act of publicly declaring or claiming a profession of religious faith
3 : the people working in an occupation

profession

noun
pro·​fes·​sion | \ prə-ˈfesh-ən How to pronounce profession (audio) \

Medical Definition of profession

1 : a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation
2 : the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

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