Definition of profession in English:

profession

noun

  • 1A paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification:

    ‘his chosen profession of teaching’
    ‘a barrister by profession’
    • ‘Meanwhile US hacks have convinced themselves that they're involved in a profession rather than a craft.’
    • ‘A qualified nurse by profession, Annemarie had put in 16 years of service in various hospitals in Germany.’
    • ‘By profession he is a barrister but he skilfully juggles so many other careers he ought to be in a circus.’
    • ‘By profession he was a poet, and he'd appeared in Galway several times before - at poetry readings, unaccompanied by a band.’
    • ‘We view teaching as a profession that requires formal training and certification.’
    • ‘At the heart of any profession is a body of expertise and abstract knowledge that its members are expected to apply within its granted jurisdiction.’
    • ‘By profession I am a well-known book illustrator and artist.’
    • ‘By profession a hotelkeeper, the elder Parer on all accounts had the shrewd joviality of his calling.’
    • ‘By profession she was a registered nurse and in later years moved into private practice in London.’
    • ‘They help build true partnerships across cultures, breaking down stereotypes of nationality, profession, and gender.’
    career, occupation, calling, vocation, line of work, line of employment, line, métier
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    1. 1.1[treated as singular or plural] A body of people engaged in a particular profession:
      ‘the legal profession has become increasingly business-conscious’
      • ‘The legal profession's peak body, the Law Council, called on judges to boycott the new regime.’
      • ‘The beleaguered legal profession demands a little respect.’
      • ‘‘The awareness of diversity is an important element of training for the childcare profession,’ he noted.’
      • ‘Fr Byrne said the legal and medical professions, along with strong support from the community, should go a long way in addressing the drug problem in the town.’
      • ‘The veterinary profession is extremely important to New Zealand, and that is why I am pleased that the House has spent a considerable amount of time on this legislation.’
      • ‘The whole legal profession is old-fashioned, and steeped in old-fashioned language and mores.’
      • ‘After a few terms at Selma University, he settled in Montgomery where he first entered the undertaking profession.’
      • ‘How can we mentor music students to enter the music profession?’
      • ‘That is a very proper process, as essentially this is the constitution of the legal profession in our nation.’
      • ‘The regulatory bodies for the health professions should be run by councils that are primarily appointed.’
      • ‘Pharmacy programs are also encouraged to evaluate these practices to assure that the best candidates are entering the pharmacy profession.’
      • ‘Do we now have half of the health care profession engaged with this?’
      • ‘She has been a leader and a pioneer in the American legal profession.’
      • ‘This review will be undertaken every five years and is led by the governing body of the medical profession, the General Medical Council.’
      • ‘The Law Society of Alberta, the regulatory body for the legal profession, says no complaints have been filed as of yet against anyone.’
      • ‘And you're also a mercy giver, because you wouldn't be involved in the nursing profession in an emergency room.’
  • 2An open but often false claim:

    ‘his profession of delight rang hollow’
    • ‘In his professions, he claimed the Blair Witch had placed a hex on him, forcing him to commit the murders.’
    • ‘His first investigative office was closed only a few months after opening when the government launched a campaign to suppress the profession.’
    • ‘Nations have frequently tired of freedom and yielded themselves to tyrants, but not because of guileless trust in false professions.’
    • ‘The great point of that book was to deal with this problem of a false profession.’
    declaration, affirmation, statement, announcement, proclamation, assertion, avowal, vow, claim, allegation, protestation
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  • 3A declaration of belief in a religion:

    [mass noun] ‘they were baptized on profession of faith’
    • ‘They think there is something illegitimate about anyone on the public payroll making open and passionate professions of their faith.’
    • ‘The wicked world pursue their evil cause boldly, but alas! the people of God shame their honourable cause and profession by their cowardice.’
    • ‘Rather, they imply sincerity in our profession of Christ as Saviour and Lord.’
    • ‘Testimonials give greater emphasis and personalize professions of beliefs as proof to support the veracity of a particular claim.’
    • ‘Having ‘God’ in it divides us and attempts to link patriotism to public professions of religious belief.’
    • ‘Generally, chaplains of any faith can gain access to local religious leaders since religion and a profession of faith are the common bonds.’
    • ‘It would be bad faith to suggest that contemporary evangelicals' profession of faith in a life to come or in another world is bad faith.’
    • ‘The extraordinary thing about that is that her husband, though coming to all the meetings with her, makes no profession to be a Christian.’
    • ‘In joining the Church he made a genuine and honest profession of faith - but he did not experience it as entry into a true community of faith.’
    • ‘The religious rockers make many professions about the Lord Jesus Christ but as soon as the music starts, a transformation occurs as they are taken over by the spirit of Elvis Presley.’
    • ‘The name Evangelical derives from the profession of the Evangel - that is, the gospel.’
    • ‘A direct profession of faith would be insufficiently impure, a denial of the brownness of real life.’
    • ‘First, they need to acknowledge that their initial profession of Jesus' Messiahship is inadequate.’
    • ‘Hearing the Lord's voice takes us beyond mere religious profession or formal observances.’
    • ‘The Irish Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion.’
    • ‘Although not a Christian by profession, Jaspers' philosophy was Christian in many of its tenets, and he was also systematically Kantian.’
    • ‘Living ‘by faith in’ suggests that faith is a profession to be asserted, a willed thing.’
    • ‘On the basis of our repentance and profession of faith in Christ, God regards us as acceptable and pleasing in His sight.’
    • ‘These are dynamic, like riding the waves of the sea, the source of salt, not static, like acquiring and holding a special position by reason of religious profession.’
    • ‘Can there be a credible Christian profession if there is no love?’
    statement, sworn statement, affidavit, attestation, affirmation, assertion
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    1. 3.1 The declaration or vows made on entering a religious order.
      • ‘Ironically, religious profession and the renuncia could create an opportunity for women to administer property autonomously.’
    2. 3.2[mass noun] The ceremony or fact of being professed in a religious order:
      ‘after profession she taught in Maidenhead’
      • ‘Also celebrating her 50th Anniversary of religious profession, Sister Edna O'Connor, a native of Irishtown.’
      • ‘At solemn profession, I placed my hands in those of my prioress, professing to live my vows usque ad mortem, until death.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting the vow made on entering a religious order): via Old French from Latin professio(n-), from profiteri declare publicly (see profess). profession derives from the notion of an occupation that one ‘professes’ to be skilled in.

Pronunciation:

profession

/prəˈfɛʃ(ə)n/