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(1)   Engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood
"The professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications"
"Began her professional career after the Olympics"
"Professional theater"
"Professional football"
"A professional cook"
"Professional actors and athletes"
(2)   Characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession
"Professional conduct"
"Professional ethics"
"A thoroughly professional performance"
(3)   Engaged in by members of a profession
"Professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
(4)   Of or relating to a profession
"We need professional advice"
"Professional training"
"Professional equipment for his new office"
(5)   Of or relating to or suitable as a profession
"Professional organizations"
"A professional field such as law"


(6)   An authority qualified to teach apprentices
(7)   A person engaged in one of the learned professions
(8)   An athlete who plays for pay


  1. A person who belongs to a profession
  2. A person who earns his living from a specified activity
  3. An expert.


  1. Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with the standards of a profession
  2. That is carried out for money, especially as a livelihood
  3. Expert


  1. a professional practicioner of a trade, m├ętier...
  2. an expert in a (professional) field