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Dictionary definition for: Professional

1. (n) a person engaged in one of the learned professions

2. (a) engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood; "the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications" "began her professional career after the Olympics" "professional theater" "professional football" "a pr

3. (n) an athlete who plays for pay

4. (a) of or relating to or suitable as a profession; "professional organizations" "a professional field such as law"

5. (n) an authority qualified to teach apprentices

6. (a) characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "professional conduct" "professional ethics" "a thoroughly professional performance"

7. (a) of or relating to a profession; "we need professional advice" "professional training" "professional equipment for his new office"

8. (s) engaged in by members of a profession; "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"

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