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Meaning of “career” in the English Dictionary

"career" in British English

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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).

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careerverb [I usually + adv/prep]

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

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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

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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)
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