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English definition of “professional”

professional

noun [C]     /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/
C1 a person who has the type of job that needs a high level of education and training : health professionals → Compare amateur adjectiveEmployment 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 sport Competitors and participants in sports and games
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