professional


professional
I. professional pro‧fes‧sion‧al 1 [prəˈfeʆnəl] adjective [only before a noun]
1. connected with a job requiring advanced education and special training:

professional qualifications

• professional trade associations

• providers of business and professional services

2. (continuing) professional development abbreviation CPD HUMAN RESOURCES training offered to people working in professions as part of their job:

• the Law Society's continuing professional development scheme

3. approving very well trained and showing high standards of work:

• The women made an excellent showing — they were every bit as professional as their male colleagues.

• If you build your business and run it in a professional way, you'll be around to pick up the rewards.

4. doing an activity, sport etc to earn money, rather than for pleasure:

• a professional footballer

• The weather could put a third of the nation's professional beekeepers out of business.

  [m0] II. professional professional 2 noun [countable]
1. JOBS someone who does a job requiring advanced education and special training:

• A number of market professionals are recommending cyclical stocks.

• Business Risks employs 225 professionals, many of them former law-enforcement officers.

2. someone who is very experienced, has a lot of knowledge, and does things very skilfully:

• The successful applicant will be a decisive professional, capable of making hard decisions.

3. JOBS someone who earns money doing a job, sport etc that other people do for pleasure:

• Nike say the shoe is designed for professionals and advanced amateurs (= people who do a sport for pleasure ) .

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professional UK US /prəˈfeʃənəl/ adjective
[before noun] related to work that needs a high level of education or special training: professional advice/judgments/opinions »

You should seek professional advice before doing this.

a professional background/career/life »

She has spent the bulk of her professional life working in the public sector.

professional experience/qualifications/training »

The importance of professional qualifications varies enormously between different industries.

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a professional association/body/organization

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professional services/skills/standards

having the type of job that is respected because it involves a high level of education and training: »

Many of those who want to rent are single, professional people who do not want to share.

having the qualities that you connect with trained people, such as being organized and showing a high standard of work: »

It would look more professional if the letter were typed.

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He has behaved in a very professional way.

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a professional environment/relationship

suitable for a person working in a particular profession: professional accountability/conduct/misconduct »

He is now facing charges of serious professional misconduct.

also INFORMAL pro) doing an activity or a job to earn money, rather than as a hobby: »

a professional athlete

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pro football/sports

Compare AMATEUR(Cf. amateur) adjective
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professional UK US /prəˈfeʃənəl/ noun [C] (INFORMAL pro)
a person who has the type of job that needs a high level of education and special training: »

It's important to gather a team of professionals such as a lawyer, an accountant, and a financial planner to help draw up a plan.

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health/health care/medical professionals

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IT/finance/marketing professionals

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dedicated/skilled/trained professionals

someone who has worked hard in the same type of job for a long time, and has a lot of skill and knowledge: »

a true/consummate professional

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He's a real pro.

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If you have a large amount of money to invest, it's better to leave it to the pros.

someone who does an activity or a job to earn money, rather than as a hobby: »

This will be his first game as a professional.

Compare AMATEUR(Cf. ↑amateur) adjective
See also HEALTH PROFESSIONAL(Cf. ↑health professional)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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