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professional

adjective uk   /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/ us  
B2 related to work that needs special training or education: Chris, you're a nurse, so can I ask your professional opinion on bandaging ankles? Both doctors have been charged with professional misconduct (= bad or unacceptable behaviour in their work). Employment status and types of work B1 approving having the qualities that you connect with trained and skilled people, such as effectiveness, skill, organization, and seriousness of manner: It would look more professional if the letter was typed. She always looks very professional in her smart suits. You've done a very professional job stripping that floor!Employment status and types of work B1 describes someone who does a job that people usually do as a hobby: She's a professional dancer/photographer. He's a runner who's just turned professional.Employment status and types of work having the type of job that is respected because it involves a high level of education and training: Room for rent in shared house - would suit professional person. a bar full of young professional types in suitsEmployment status and types of work

professional

noun [C] uk   /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/ us  
C1 a person who has the type of job that needs a high level of education and training: health professionals Employment status and types of work informal someone who has worked hard in the same type of job for a long time and has become skilled at dealing with any problem that might happen: I thought the whole meeting was going to fall apart but you rescued it like a true professional! the consummate professionalEmployment status and types of work B2 a person who does a job that people usually do as a hobby: He's only been playing football as a professional for two years.Employment status and types of work a person who plays sport, especially a golf or tennis player, who is employed by a club to train its members in a particular sportCompetitors and participants in sports and games
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