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"

Related terms: profession
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"

Related terms: profession
5. [ noun ] (work) a person engaged in one of the learned professions
Synonyms: professional_person
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"

Related terms: white-collar
7. [ noun ] (sport,work) an athlete who plays for pay
Synonyms: pro
Related terms: amateur athlete semiprofessional free_agent
8. [ noun ] an authority qualified to teach apprentices
Synonyms: master
Related terms: authority past_master
Similar spelling:   professionally