career Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “career” in the English Dictionary

"career" in British English

See all translations

careernoun [C]

uk   /kəˈrɪər/  us   /-ˈrɪr/
B1 the ​job or ​series of ​jobs that you do during ​yourworkinglife, ​especially if you ​continue to get ​betterjobs and ​earn more ​money: He's ​hoping for a career in the ​policeforce/as a ​policeofficer. When he ​retires he will be ​able to ​look back over a brilliant career (= a ​workinglife that has been very ​successful). It ​helps if you can ​move a few ​rungs up the career ladder before taking ​time off to have a ​baby. I took this new ​job because I ​felt that the career prospects were much ​better. Judith is very career-​minded/-​oriented (= gives a lot of ​attention to her ​job).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

careerverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /kəˈrɪər/  us   /-ˈrɪr/
(Definition of career from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"career" in American English

See all translations

careernoun [C]

 us   /kəˈrɪər/
  • career noun [C] (JOB)

a ​job for which you are ​trained and in which it is ​possible to ​advance during ​yourworkinglife, so that you get ​greaterresponsibility and ​earn more ​money: He’s hoping for a career in ​socialwork. She ​leftcollege to ​pursue an ​acting career.

careerverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /kəˈrɪər/
(esp. of a ​vehicle) to move ​fast and without ​control: The ​bus careered down a ​slope and ​hit a ​telephonepole.

careeradjective [not gradable]

 us   /kəˈrɪər/
done as a ​job all ​yourlife: a career ​politician
(Definition of career from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"career" in Business English

See all translations

careernoun [C]

uk   us   /kəˈrɪər/ HR
the ​job or ​series of ​jobs that you do during your ​workinglife, especially when this involves making ​progress to better ​jobs or is in a particular ​profession: a career in sth He's hoping for a career in web ​design.a career as sth I ​worked there early in my career as ​civilengineer.a career with sth Sharon enjoyed a long career with the BBC. pursue/make/have a career It is not ​easy to make a career in ​broadcasting. a brilliant/​successful/distinguished career apolitical/​medical/​academic career You should continue ​learning throughout your professional career.

careeradjective [before noun]

uk   us   /kəˈrɪər/ HR
related to your ​job: career opportunities/prospects I took this new ​job because I ​felt that the career ​prospects were much better.career choice/option For him, art was a way of ​life, not a career ​choice.career-minded/-oriented Sean is very career-oriented and ​ambitious.
spending all or most of your ​workinglife in the same ​job or ​field: a career diplomat/soldier/​criminal
US →  careers
(Definition of career from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of career?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“career” in British English

“career” in Business English

Word of the Day

procession

a line of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More