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professionalnoun [C]

 us   /prəˈfeʃ·ə·nəl/
a ​person who has a ​job that ​needsskill, ​education, or ​training: Don’t you ​wish you had ​hired a professional to ​paintyourhouse? Many of these ​homes have been ​restored by ​young professionals.

professionaladjective

 us   /prəˈfeʃ·ə·nəl/
done as a ​job, or ​relating to a ​skilledtype of ​work: a professional ​athlete professional ​sports He ​spent his professional ​career at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professional also ​means having the ​qualities of ​skilled and ​educatedpeople, such as ​effectiveness and ​seriousness of ​manner: Wearing ​jeans to ​work is not ​looked upon as being professional.
professionally
adverb  us   /prəˈfeʃ·ə·nəl·i/
I always ​wanted to ​sing professionally.
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"professional" in British English

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professionaladjective

uk   /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/  us   /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/
B2 relating to ​work that ​needsspecialtraining or ​education: Chris, you're a ​nurse, so can I ​askyour professional opinion on ​bandagingankles? Both ​doctors have been ​charged with professional misconduct (= ​bad or ​unacceptablebehaviour in ​theirwork).
B1 approving having the ​qualities that you ​connect with ​trained and ​skilledpeople, 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 ​smartsuits. You've done a very professional ​jobstripping that ​floor!
B1 used to ​describe 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.
having the ​type of ​job that is ​respected because it ​involves a high ​level of ​education and ​training: Room for ​rent in ​sharedhouse - would ​suit professional ​person. a ​barfull of ​young professional ​types in ​suits

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professionalnoun [C]

uk   /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/  us   /prəˈfeʃ.ən.əl/
C1 a ​person who has the ​type of ​job that ​needs a high ​level of ​education and ​training: health professionals
informal someone who has ​worked hard in the same ​type of ​job for a ​longtime and has ​becomeskilled at ​dealing with any ​problem that might ​happen: I ​thought the ​wholemeeting was going to ​fallapart but you ​rescued it like a ​true professional! the ​consummate professional
B2 a ​person who does a ​job that ​people usually do as a ​hobby: He's only been ​playingfootball as a professional for two ​years.
a ​person who ​plays a ​sport, ​especially a golf or ​tennisplayer, who is ​employed by a ​club to ​trainitsmembers in a ​particularsport

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(Definition of professional from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"professional" in Business English

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professionaladjective

uk   us   /prəˈfeʃənəl/
[before noun] related to ​work that ​needs a high ​level of ​education or ​specialtraining: professional advice/judgments/opinions You should ​seek professional ​advice before doing this.a professional background/career/life She has ​spent the ​bulk of her professional ​lifeworking in the ​publicsector.professional experience/qualifications/training The ​importance of professional ​qualificationsvaries enormously between different ​industries. a professional ​association/body/​organization professional ​services/​skills/​standards
having the ​type of ​job that is respected because it involves a high ​level of ​education and ​training: Many of those who want to ​rent are ​single, professional ​people who do not want to ​share.
having the ​qualities that you ​connect with ​trainedpeople, such as being ​organized and showing a high ​standard of ​work: It would ​look more professional if the ​letter were ​typed. He has ​behaved in a very professional way. a professional ​environment/​relationship
suitable for a ​personworking in a particular ​profession: professional accountability/conduct/misconduct He is now facing ​charges of serious professional ​misconduct.
(also informal pro) doing an ​activity or a ​job to ​earnmoney, rather than as a ​hobby: a professional athlete pro football/sports

professionalnoun [C]

uk   us   /prəˈfeʃənəl/ (informal pro)
a ​person who has the ​type of ​job that ​needs a high ​level of ​education and ​specialtraining: It's important to gather a ​team of professionals such as a ​lawyer, an ​accountant, and a ​financialplanner to ​helpdraw up a ​plan. health/​healthcare/​medical professionals IT/​finance/​marketing professionals dedicated/​skilled/​trained professionals
someone who has ​worked hard in the same ​type of ​job for a ​longtime, and has a lot of ​skill and ​knowledge: atrue/consummate professional He's a ​real pro. If you have a large ​amount of ​money to ​invest, it's better to ​leave it to the pros.
someone who does an ​activity or a ​job to ​earnmoney, rather than as a ​hobby: This will be his first ​game as a professional.
(Definition of professional from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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