pro·fes·sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən \

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 job outlook for this profession, which typically only requires a bachelor’s degree, is favorable. Erika Rose, Post-Tribune, "IU Northwest actuarial science students reach finals in international competition," 7 June 2018 Foster, a scientist by profession, grilled the interns about the function of their design and offered suggestions for improvement. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "High-tech incubator in Naperville offering student summer camps, plans to open in September," 1 June 2018 The choice was guided by his conservative Jewish parents, who considered only a few professions acceptable for their son: law, business, and medicine. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 Our new jobs cover a wide range of professions, from artificial intelligence scientists to packaging specialists to fulfillment center associates. Laura Mandaro, USA TODAY, "Amazon's Jeff Bezos says Amazon Prime members top 100 million," 18 Apr. 2018 Robinson has come to this Cyber Camp at Collin College, a community college just outside of Dallas, to steer young girls toward the booming information security profession. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers," 28 June 2018 None of that stopped the younger Miklos from entering his father’s profession. Kathryn Miles, Outside Online, "'Cooper's Treasure' and the Gray Area of Wreck Hunting," 21 June 2018 Those on the opposing side contend that such assistance violates one of the core principles of their profession — do no harm — and could become a slippery slope to euthanasia. Lindsey Bever,, "American Medical Association to reconsider policy against assisted suicide," 10 June 2018 Lawyering is not nearly as deadly as other jobs on the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics list of most dangerous professions like logger, commercial fisherman, aircraft pilot or roofer. NBC News, "The dangers of divorce law: Attorneys pack pistols, install panic buttons," 9 June 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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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

: the act of declaring or saying something openly


pro·fes·sion | \ prə-ˈfe-shən \

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


pro·fes·sion | \ prə-ˈfesh-ən \

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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