Definition of profession in English:


Syllabification: pro·fes·sion
Pronunciation: /prəˈfeSHən


1A paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification: his chosen profession of teaching a lawyer by profession
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  • Meanwhile US hacks have convinced themselves that they're involved in a profession rather than a craft.
  • By profession he was a poet, and he'd appeared in Galway several times before - at poetry readings, unaccompanied by a band.
  • By profession I am a well-known book illustrator and artist.
career, occupation, calling, vocation, métier, line (of work), walk of life, job, business, trade, craft
informal racket
1.1 [treated as singular or plural] A body of people engaged in a particular profession: the profession is divided on the issue
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  • The Law Society of Alberta, the regulatory body for the legal profession, says no complaints have been filed as of yet against anyone.
  • The legal profession's peak body, the Law Council, called on judges to boycott the new regime.
  • That is a very proper process, as essentially this is the constitution of the legal profession in our nation.
2An open but often false declaration or claim: a profession of allegiance
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  • Nations have frequently tired of freedom and yielded themselves to tyrants, but not because of guileless trust in false professions.
  • In his professions, he claimed the Blair Witch had placed a hex on him, forcing him to commit the murders.
  • The great point of that book was to deal with this problem of a false profession.
2.1A declaration of belief in a religion.
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  • Generally, chaplains of any faith can gain access to local religious leaders since religion and a profession of faith are the common bonds.
  • Having ‘God’ in it divides us and attempts to link patriotism to public professions of religious belief.
  • Living ‘by faith in’ suggests that faith is a profession to be asserted, a willed thing.
2.2The declaration or vows made on entering a religious order.
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  • Ironically, religious profession and the renuncia could create an opportunity for women to administer property autonomously.
2.3The ceremony or fact of being professed in a religious order.
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  • Also celebrating her 50th Anniversary of religious profession, Sister Edna O'Connor, a native of Irishtown.
  • At solemn profession, I placed my hands in those of my prioress, professing to live my vows usque ad mortem, until death.


Middle English (denoting the vow made on entering a religious order): via Old French from Latin professio(n-), from profiteri 'declare publicly' (see profess). sense 1 derives from the notion of an occupation that one “professes” to be skilled in.


the oldest profession

humorous The practice of working as a prostitute.
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  • Yes, the oldest profession (even when it's called ‘escort’) is, ‘Society’ wise, not the most respected.
  • Even though love-at-work is as old as the world's oldest profession, the days of women being suspected of sleeping their way to the middle are not over.
  • It feels that the crackdown will drive prostitution and brothels even further underground, making the oldest profession even more dangerous for both the women and their punters.

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