Meaning of “profession” in the English Dictionary

"profession" in British English

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professionnoun

uk /prəˈfeʃ.ən/ us /prəˈfeʃ.ən/

profession noun (WORK)

B1 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] any type of work that needs special training or a particular skill, often one that is respected because it involves a high level of education:

He left the teaching profession in 1965 to start his own business.
The report notes that 40 percent of lawyers entering the profession are women.
Teaching as a profession is very underpaid.
He's a doctor by profession.

B2 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] the people who do a particular type of work, considered as a group:

There's a feeling among the nursing profession that their work is undervalued.
the professions

jobs that need special training and skill, such as being a doctor or lawyer, but not work in business or industry

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profession noun (STATEMENT)

[ C ] a statement about what someone feels, believes, or intends to do, often made publicly:

The energy companies' professions of commitment to the environment seem less believable every day.
his professions of love

(Definition of “profession” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"profession" in American English

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professionnoun

us /prəˈfeʃ·ən/

[ C/U ] any type of work, esp. one that needs a high level of education or a particular skill:

[ C ] the medical/teaching profession
[ U ] I’m a writer by profession.

(Definition of “profession” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"profession" in Business English

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professionnoun [ C ]

uk /prəˈfeʃən/ us

a job that needs a high level of education or special training:

What is it like to work in a profession where more than 97% of your colleagues are men?
the accountancy/teaching/engineering profession
the legal/medical/actuarial profession
sb is sth by profession He's an architect by profession.
She is a leading commercial lawyer who is highly respected within the profession.
enter/go into/leave a profession We won't get people to enter a profession that doesn't reward effectiveness.

the people who do a particular type of work, considered as a group:

There's a feeling among the nursing profession that their work is undervalued.
the professions

jobs that need special training and skill, such as being a doctor or lawyer, rather than jobs in business or industry:

The struggle for equality in the military is not over yet, but women are making significant gains in this area, as they are in business, politics, and the professions.
enter/go into the professions It was an environment where science was a dirty word and his fellow pupils were encouraged to go into the professions.

(Definition of “profession” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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