|1.||[ adjective ] engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood|
"began her professional career after the Olympics" "professional theater" "professional football" "a professional cook" "professional actors and athletes"
|Related terms:||nonprofessional nonrecreational professed|
|2.||[ adjective ] of or relating to or suitable as a profession|
"professional organizations" "a professional field such as law"
|3.||[ adjective ] characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession|
"professional conduct" "professional ethics" "a thoroughly professional performance"
|Related terms:||unprofessional expert|
|4.||[ adjective ] of or relating to a profession|
"we need professional advice" "professional training" "professional equipment for his new office"
|5.||[ noun ] (work) a person engaged in one of the learned professions|
|Related terms:||adult lawyer educator critic publisher practitioner craftsman librarian health_professional careerist yuppie professional_organisation professional_organization|
|6.||[ adjective ] engaged in by members of a profession|
"professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
|7.||[ noun ] (sport,work) an athlete who plays for pay|
|Related terms:||amateur athlete semiprofessional free_agent|
|8.||[ noun ] an authority qualified to teach apprentices|
|Related terms:||authority past_master|