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English definition of “professional”

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 suits Employment status and types of work
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