Definition of professional in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈfeSH(ə)n(ə)l/


1 [attributive] Relating to or connected with a profession: young professional people the professional schools of Yale and Harvard
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  • Currently, some 1.2 million professional men and women belong to more than 29,600 clubs worldwide.
  • But ultimately, the credit for the way he has dealt with his personal and professional problems belongs entirely to him.
  • They are not professional singers and belonged to different fields.
2(Of a person) engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime: 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.
2.1Having or showing the skill appropriate to a professional person; competent or skillful: their music is both memorable and professional
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  • Expertise and professional competence in anything comes from time doing the work, either professionally or as a hobby.
  • They were professional, competent, experienced commanders, and most spoke English.
  • An experienced guerilla fighter with a professional competence in civil engineering could think of a good deal more.
informal ace, crack, top-notch
2.2Worthy of or appropriate to a professional person: his professional expertise
2.3 informal, derogatory Denoting a person who persistently makes a feature of a particular activity or attribute: a professional naysayer
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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.


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.
white-collar worker, office worker
1.1A person engaged in a specified activity, especially a sport or branch of the performing arts, as a main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
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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, paid player, salaried 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.

Words that rhyme with professional

confessional, congressional, expressional, impressional, obsessional, processional, progressional, recessional, secessional, sessional, successional

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Syllabification: pro·fes·sion·al

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