pro|fes|sion|al1 [ prə`fəʃənl ] adjective ***
1. ) relating to work that needs special skills and qualifications:
Every applicant is entitled to good professional advice.
Teachers must be free to exercise their professional judgment.
a ) showing a high level of skill or training:
the firm with the most professional approach to marketing
very/highly/thoroughly professional: I congratulate you on a thoroughly professional job, done in difficult conditions.
b ) behaving in an appropriate way at work and doing your job well:
The whole cast was very professional and hard working in rehearsals.
They want me to dress in a more professional way.
2. ) relating to a profession and its rules, standards, and arrangements:
The school prepares students for a wide range of professional qualifications.
professional organizations/bodies/associations
a ) working in a profession:
managerial and professional employees
3. ) relating to your work or career:
We have a good professional relationship, but I wouldn't say we're friends.
4. ) playing a sport or doing an activity as a job rather than for enjoyment:
a professional actor/football player/photographer
a ) played or done as a job rather than for enjoyment:
professional baseball
b ) go/turn professional to start to play a sport or game as a job that you get paid for:
She went professional at the age of thirteen.
─ opposite AMATEUR
a professional... INFORMAL
someone who always behaves in a particular way:
a professional cynic
pro|fes|sion|al 2 [ prə`feʃnəl ] noun count **
1. ) someone who has special skills and qualifications:
doctors and other professionals
All healthcare professionals need to work closely with families.
2. ) someone who plays a sport or does an activity as a job rather than for enjoyment
a ) someone whose job is to teach people to play a sport at a club:
a tennis/golf professional
─ opposite AMATEUR
3. ) someone who has a lot of skill or training:
You have the makings of a real professional.
─ opposite AMATEUR

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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