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English adjective: professional

1. professional engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood

SamplesThe professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications.
Began her professional career after the Olympics.
Professional theater.
Professional football.
A professional cook.
Professional actors and athletes.

Similarnonrecreational, paid, professed


2. professional of or relating to or suitable as a profession

SamplesProfessional organizations.
A professional field such as law.

3. professional characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession

SamplesProfessional conduct.
Professional ethics.
A thoroughly professional performance.


4. professional of or relating to a profession

SamplesWe need professional advice.
Professional training.
Professional equipment for his new office.

5. professional engaged in by members of a profession

SamplesProfessional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching.



English noun: professional

1. professional (person) a person engaged in one of the learned professions

Synonymsprofessional person

Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

Narrower (hyponym)attorney, bibliothec, careerist, caregiver, craftsman, critic, educator, health care provider, health professional, lawyer, librarian, PCP, pedagog, pedagogue, practician, practitioner, primary care provider, publisher, yuppie

Member meronymprofessional organisation, professional organization

2. professional (person) an athlete who plays for pay


Broader (hypernym)athlete, jock

Narrower (hyponym)free agent, semipro, semiprofessional


3. professional (person) an authority qualified to teach apprentices


Broader (hypernym)authority

Narrower (hyponym)past master

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