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English definition of “professional”


adjective     /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/
B2 related to work that needs special training or education: Chris, you're a nurse, so can I ask your professional opinion on bandaging ankles? Both doctors have been charged with professional misconduct (= bad or unacceptable behaviour in their work). → Compare amateur adjectiveEmployment status and types of work B1 approving having the qualities that you connect with trained and skilled people, such as effectiveness, skill, organization, and seriousness of manner: It would look more professional if the letter was typed. She always looks very professional in her smart suits. You've done a very professional job stripping that floor!Employment status and types of work B1 describes someone who does a job that people usually do as a hobby: She's a professional dancer/photographer. He's a runner who's just turned professional.Employment status and types of work having the type of job that is respected because it involves a high level of education and training: Room for rent in shared house - would suit professional person. a bar full of young professional types in suitsEmployment status and types of work
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