Definition of professor in English:

professor

Line breaks: pro|fes¦sor
Pronunciation: /prəˈfɛsə
 
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noun

  • 1 (North American also full professor) A university academic of the highest rank; the holder of a university chair: [as title]: Professor Goodwin a professor of Art History
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    • They supported charitable foundations, gave money to local hospitals and churches, subsidized chairs for university professors.
    • Would a chair professor of literature at Yale University be allowed to conduct serially personal liaisons with female graduate students over his entire career across decades?
    • But he soon left to join the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos as a lecturer, rising through the ranks to become a professor and head of department of paediatrics.
    Synonyms
    holder of a chair, chair, head of faculty, head of department; Regius professor, emeritus professor; don, academic; North American full professor, academician
    informal prof
  • 2North American A university teacher.
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    • The people best positioned to effect this communication are high school teachers, college professors, and fellow students.
    • Before joining Stanford in 1998, Hammond was a professor at Columbia University's Teachers College.
    • There are, however, times when the balancing act of being both a college professor and a teacher of young children can get frustrating.
  • 3A person who affirms a faith in or allegiance to something: the professors of true religion
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    • A suspicion got abroad that the professors of this religion had made use of unfair means to get their doctrines taught to children.
    • In a very heart searching way, Bunyan reveals the difference between a true Christian who struggles and fights against sin and a false professor who manifests no spiritual transformation.
    • There have been official councils of the church at which professors outnumbered bishops.

Derivatives

professorate

noun
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  • It has a very negative impact on the professorate because it tends to lead to viewing professors as technicians or people to fill specific job slots.
  • That is the way the professorate behaves in the post-scientific age.
  • Since the mid-1990s, a raft of research projects has documented the numbers and status of faculty of color in the American professorate.

professorial

Pronunciation: /prɒfɪˈsɔːrɪəl/
adjective
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  • This scenario poses the question of who owns professorial lectures.
  • In fact, at least for now, universities generally do not assert copyright ownership in professorial works.
  • Britain's universities are on the edge of their professorial chairs.

professorially

Pronunciation: /prɒfɪˈsɔːrɪəli/
adverb
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  • ‘It's the idea,’ she said professorially, ‘that government shouldn't care whether business makes silicon or potato chips.’
  • Strolling professorially back and forth across the red-carpeted stage, Bernie laid out his vision for the night's proceedings.
  • ‘I’m not an auditor, I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a doctor,’ Mr Bouton tells the Financial Times, glaring professorially through his rimless glasses.

professoriate

Pronunciation: /prɒfɪˈsɔːrɪət/
noun
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  • They should be among the questions discussed by graduate students preparing for the professoriate.
  • The existing tenured and tenure-track professoriate cannot reproduce itself in the form of harried part-time faculty.
  • It is from this context that college and university faculty come as they enter the profession of the professoriate.

professorship

noun
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  • Her career includes professorships at New York State University and the University of California.
  • Two years after a study visit to the USA in 1846, Agassiz accepted a professorship of zoology at Harvard University.
  • The Smiths' gift will be used for endowed chairs, professorships and student scholarships.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin professor, from profess- 'declared publicly', from the verb profiteri (see profess).

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