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Adjective: professional  pru'fe-shu-nul
  1. Engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood
    "the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications"; "began her professional career after the Olympics"; "professional theatre"; "professional football"; "a professional cook"; "professional actors and athletes"
     
  2. Of or relating to or suitable as a profession
    "professional organizations"; "a professional field such as law"
     
  3. Characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession
    "professional conduct"; "professional ethics"; "a thoroughly professional performance"
     
  4. Of or relating to a profession
    "we need professional advice"; "professional training"; "professional equipment for his new office"
     
  5. Engaged in by members of a profession
    "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
Noun: professional  pru'fe-shu-nul
  1. A person engaged in one of the learned professions
    - professional person
     
  2. An athlete who plays for pay
    - pro
     
  3. An authority qualified to teach apprentices
    - master

Derived forms: professionals

See also: nonrecreational, paid, professed, white-collar

Type of: adult, athlete, authority, grownup, jock [N. Amer]

Antonym: amateur, nonprofessional, unprofessional

Part of: professional organisation [Brit], professional organization

Encyclopedia: Professional