pro|fes|sion|al1 W1S2 [prəˈfeʃənəl] adj
2¦(well trained)¦
5 professional person/man/woman etc
6 professional liar/complainer etc
1.) ¦(JOB)¦ [only before noun]
a) relating to a job that needs special education and training
What professional qualifications does he have?
It is essential to get good professional advice .
You may need to seek professional help .
b) relating to your job or work and not to your private life
professional contacts
showing that someone has been well trained and is good at their work
This business plan looks very professional.
a more professional approach to work
3.) ¦(PAID)¦
doing a job, sport, or activity for money, rather than just for fun
a professional tennis player
a professional army
turn/go professional
(=start to do something as a job)
4.) ¦(TEAM/EVENT)¦
done by or relating to people who are paid to do a sport or activity
a professional hockey team
The golf tournament is a professional event.
5.) professional person/man/woman etc
someone who works in a profession, or who has an important position in a company or business
We'd prefer to rent the house to a professional couple.
6.) professional liar/complainer etc
someone who lies or complains too much - used humorously
>professionalization [prəˌfeʃənəlaıˈzeıʃən US -lə-] n [U]
the increasing professionalization of childcare services
>professionalize [prəˈfeʃənəlaız] v [T]
professional 2
professional2 W3 n
1.) someone who earns money by doing a job, sport, or activity that many other people do just for fun
Hurd signed as a professional in 1998.
top snooker professionals
2.) someone who works in a job that needs special education and training, such as a doctor, lawyer, or ↑architect
health professionals (=doctors, nurses etc)
3.) someone who has a lot of experience and does something very skillfully
You sing like a real professional.
4.) tennis/golf/swimming etc professional
someone who is very good at a sport and is employed by a private club to teach its members

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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