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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pro•fes•sion•al /prəˈfɛʃənəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- engaged in an occupation as a means of earning a livelihood:[before a noun]a professional soldier; a professional musician.
- relating to a profession:a professional license.
- appropriate to a profession:showing professional objectivity; He's too professional to let his personal feelings interfere with his work.
- of or for a professional person or such a person's place of business:[before a noun]a professional apartment.
- done by a professional;
of a high standard:[before a noun]professional advice.
- making a constant practice of something:[before a noun]A salesman has to be a professional optimist.
pro•fes•sion•al•ly, adv. See -fess-.
- a member of a profession.
- a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation that is frequently engaged in by amateurs.
(prə fesh′ə nl),USA pronunciation adj.
- following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain:a professional builder.
- of, pertaining to, or connected with a profession:professional studies.
- appropriate to a profession:professional objectivity.
- engaged in one of the learned professions:A lawyer is a professional person.
- following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime:a professional golfer.
- making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business:"A salesman,'' he said, "is a professional optimist.''
- undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain:professional baseball.
- of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work:a professional apartment; professional equipment.
- done by a professional;
expert:professional car repairs.
- a person who belongs to one of the professions, esp. one of the learned professions.
- a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs:a golf professional.
- an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant;
- a person who is expert at his or her work:You can tell by her comments that this editor is a real professional.
- profession + -al1 1740–50
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professional /prəˈfɛʃənəl/ adj
- of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in as a profession
- engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood
- extremely competent in a job, etc
- (of a piece of work or anything performed) produced with competence or skill
- undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
- a person who belongs to or engages in one of the professions
- a person who engages for his livelihood in some activity also pursued by amateurs
- a person who engages in an activity with great competence
- an expert player of a game who gives instruction, esp to members of a club by whom he is hired