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amateur

adjective  us   /ˈæm·əˌtʃɜr, -əˌtʃʊər, -ə·t̬ər/
taking part in an activity for pleasure and not as a job, or (of an activity) done for pleasure and not as a job: He was an amateur archaeologist.

amateur

noun [C]  us   /ˈæm·əˌtʃɜr, -əˌtʃʊər, -ə·t̬ər/
An amateur is also someone who lacks skill in doing something: Some of the people who show up at practice shooting ranges are real amateurs.
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