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Definition of professional adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    professional

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//prəˈfeʃənl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeʃənl//
     
    Describing jobs, Job skills and personal qualities
     
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  1. 1  [only before noun] connected with a job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education professional qualifications/skills professional standards/practice an opportunity for professional development If it's a legal matter you need to seek professional advice. You must not let your personal reactions interfere with your professional judgement. See related entries: Describing jobs
  2. 2  (of people) having a job which needs special training and a high level of education Most of the people on the course were professional women. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  3. 3  showing that somebody is well trained and extremely skilled synonym competent He dealt with the problem in a highly professional way. Many of the performers were very professional. opposite amateur See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  4. 4  suitable or appropriate for somebody working in a particular profession professional conduct/misconduct opposite unprofessional
  5. 5  doing something as a paid job rather than as a hobby a professional golfer After he won the amateur championship he turned professional. opposite amateur
  6. 6  (of sport) done as a paid job rather than as a hobby the world of professional football opposite amateur
  7. compare non-professional
    Extra examples He insisted that his relationship with the duchess was purely professional. He tried very hard to remain professional. He wants to turn fully professional. Their designs look very professional. We keep everything professional at work. He is always very professional in his approach. If it’s a legal matter you need to seek professional advice. Most of the performers were very professional. professional qualifications/​skills
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: professional