WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pro•fes•sion /prəˈfɛʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] an occupation requiring a great deal of education or specialized training.
  2. any occupation, form of employment, or business: [countable]an interesting profession.[uncountable;  by + ~]a teacher by profession.
  3. the group of persons working in such an occupation:[uncountable]thinks the medical profession is greatly overpaid.
  4. [countable] the declaring of one's belief in religion or a faith.
See -fess-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
pro•fes•sion  (prə feshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science:the profession of teaching.Cf.  learned profession. 
  2. any vocation or business.
  3. the body of persons engaged in an occupation or calling:to be respected by the medical profession.
  4. the act of professing;
    a declaration, whether true or false:professions of dedication.
  5. the declaration of belief in or acceptance of religion or a faith:the profession of Christianity.
  6. a religion or faith professed.
  7. the declaration made on entering into membership of a church or religious order.
pro•fession•less, n. 
  • Medieval Latin professiōn- (stem of professiō) the taking of the vows of a religious order. See professed, -ion
  • Middle English 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calling, employment. See  occupation. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged asseveration, assertion, protestation.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

profession /prəˈfɛʃən/ n
  1. an occupation requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences, esp one of the three learned professions, law, theology, or medicine
  2. the body of people in such an occupation
  3. the act of professing; avowal; declaration
  4. Also called: profession of faith a declaration of faith in a religion, esp as made on entering the Church of that religion or an order belonging to it
Etymology: 13th Century: from Medieval Latin professiō the taking of vows upon entering a religious order, from Latin: public acknowledgment; see profess

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Collocations: a [new, rewarding, chosen, skilled, specific] profession, the [accountancy, teaching, acting, medical] profession, the profession of [accountancy], more...

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