Meaning of PROFESSIONAL in English

PROFESSIONAL

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

Professional means relating to a person’s work, especially work that requires special training.

His ~ career started at Liverpool University.

ADJ: ADJ n

~ly

...a ~ly-qualified architect...

ADV: ADV -ed/adj, ADV with cl

2.

Professional people have jobs that require advanced education or training.

...highly qualified ~ people like doctors and engineers.

ADJ: ADJ n

Professional is also a noun.

My father wanted me to become a ~ and have more stability.

N-COUNT

3.

You use ~ to describe people who do a particular thing to earn money rather than as a hobby.

This has been my worst time for injuries since I started as a ~ footballer...

? amateur

ADJ

Professional is also a noun.

He had been a ~ since March 1985.

N-COUNT

~ly

By age 16 he was playing ~ly with bands in Greenwich Village.

ADV: ADV after v

4.

Professional sports are played for money rather than as a hobby.

...an art student who had played ~ football for a short time.

? amateur

ADJ: ADJ n

5.

If you say that something that someone does or produces is ~, you approve of it because you think that it is of a very high standard.

They run it with a truly ~ but personal touch.

? amateur

ADJ approval

Professional is also a noun.

...a dedicated ~ who worked harmoniously with the cast and crew.

N-COUNT

~ly

These tickets have been produced very ~ly.

ADV: ADV with v

6.

see also semi-~

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