Definition of professional in English:


Line breaks: pro|fes¦sion¦al
Pronunciation: /prəˈfɛʃ(ə)n(ə)l


  • 2Engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as an amateur: a professional boxer
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    • So, instead of pursuing his Olympic dream in the amateurs, Smith turned professional, in 1994.
    • His decision has spread dismay in the amateur ranks, and his coach Joe Gallagher believes the Salford boxer might have turned professional too early.
    • He turned professional two years ago after reigning as Britain's amateur champion for four years from 1998 to 2002.
  • 2.1 informal , • derogatory Habitually making a feature of a particular activity or attribute: a professional gloom-monger
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    • A professional northerner, the episodes she featured in seemed like a cross-promotion for spending winter in Blackpool.
    • The main story mode has been revamped since 2003, and now features professional idiot Bam Margera.
    • And that is because no sooner are they announced than they provoke widespread fear and condemnation from an army of professional naysayers.


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  • 1A person engaged or qualified in a profession: professionals such as lawyers and surveyors
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    • Many of them are qualified professionals: teachers, engineers, social workers.
    • There are few qualified teachers or other professionals who are able to work on a semi-voluntary basis.
    • Psychologists are among the most qualified professionals to perform this assessment.
  • 1.1A person engaged in a specified activity, especially a sport, as a main paid occupation rather than as a pastime: his first season as a professional
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    • Charles showed some talent on the rugby field before becoming a racing driver and feels that he would have become a professional in that sport if he had not given it up for racing.
    • His advice to you, apart from the actual playing of the game, but more about emerging as a young professional within the sport?
    • Seven other professional cyclists and seven professionals from other sports were also targeted.
    professional player, non-amateur, paid player
    informal pro
  • 1.2A person competent or skilled in a particular activity: she was a real professional on stage
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    • They can be real professionals and expose wrongdoing even if it involves their leaders.
    • He is a real professional, currently a senior executive at McGraw-Hill, a very close friend of mine.
    • Amazingly, by train and taxi, Abrams made the fight, the sign of a real professional.
    expert, master, maestro, past master, trooper, adept, virtuoso, old hand, skilled person, authority
    informal pro, ace, whizz, hotshot
    British informal dab hand, wizard
    North American informal maven, crackerjack
    rare proficient



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  • I think that matter has to be dealt with professionally and in a competent manner.
  • One is they have to be professionally competent in the area in which they lead, and they also have to look after the people.
  • Lee started riding when he was just four and started competing professionally in 2002.

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