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English definition of “profession”

profession

noun (WORK)    /prəˈfeʃ.ən/
B1 [C, + sing/pl verb] any type of work that needs special training or a particular skill , often one that is respected because it involves a high level of education : He left the teaching profession in 1965 to set up his own business . The report notes that 40 percent of lawyers entering the profession are women. Teaching as a profession is very underpaid . He's a doctor by profession.Jobs, careers and professionsWorking B2 [C, + sing/pl verb] the people who do a type of work , considered as a group : There's a feeling among the nursing profession that their work is undervalued .Jobs, careers and professionsWorking the professions jobs that need special training and skill , such as being a doctor or lawyer , but not work in business or industry Jobs, careers and professionsWorking
(Definition of profession noun (WORK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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