professional

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Professional is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Adjective[change]

Positive
professional

Comparative
more professional

Superlative
most professional

  1. (usually before the noun) About a job such as doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.
    The group offers free professional advice on legal matters and housing.
    The government has established a new professional body to regulate doctors.
  2. If someone is professional, they do their job seriously and with much skill.
    We employ friendly, professional staff who can offer the benefit of many years' experience .
  3. If someone is professional, they are paid for their job, sport, art, etc.
    After playing amateur tennis for years, he turned professional at the age of 25.

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Noun[change]

Singular
professional

Plural
professionals

  1. A professional is a person who paid for their job, sport, art, etc.
    More and more the Olympics are allowing professionals to compete.
  2. A professional is a person who does a job such as doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.
    Professionals often spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in school.
  3. A professional is a person who is serious and skilled in their work.
    You should get him to fix your car. He's a real professional.

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