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English definition of “amateur”

amateur

adjective     /ˈæm.ə.tər/ US  /-tʃɚ/
C1 taking part in an activity for pleasure, not as a job: an amateur astronomer/boxer/historian He was an amateur singer until the age of 40, when he turned professional. → Compare professional adjectiveEnthusiastsAdmirers relating to an activity, especially a sport, where the people taking part do not receive money: amateur athleticsCompeting in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)
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