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"amateur" in British English

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amateuradjective

uk   /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 ​turnedprofessional. relating to an ​activity, ​especially a ​sport, where the ​people taking ​part do not ​receivemoney: amateur ​athletics
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amateurnoun [C]

uk   /ˈæm.ə.tər/  us   /-t̬ʃɚ/
C1 a ​person who ​takespart in an ​activity for ​pleasure, not as a ​job: This ​tennistournament is ​open to both amateurs and ​professionals. C1 disapproving someone who does not have much ​skill in what they do: I won't be giving them any more ​work - they're a ​bunch of amateurs.
(Definition of amateur from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"amateur" in American English

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amateuradjective

 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.

amateurnoun [C]

 us   /ˈæm·əˌtʃɜr, -əˌtʃʊər, -ə·t̬ər/
An amateur is also someone who ​lacksskill in doing something: Some of the ​people who show up at ​practiceshootingranges are ​real amateurs.
(Definition of amateur from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"amateur" in Business English

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amateuradjective

uk   us   /ˈæmətər/
taking ​part in an ​activity because you are interested in it or enjoy it, not as a ​job: an amateur ​investor an amateur astronomer/actor/historian

amateurnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæmətər/
a ​person who ​takespart in an ​activity because they are interested in it or enjoy it, not as a ​job: This ​conference is ​open to both amateurs and ​professionals.
disapproving someone who does not have much ​skill in what they do: I won't be giving them any more ​work - they're a bunch of amateurs.
(Definition of amateur from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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