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’
    • ‘A qualified nurse by profession, Annemarie had put in 16 years of service in various hospitals in Germany.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We view teaching as a profession that requires formal training and certification.’
    • ‘By profession he is a barrister but he skilfully juggles so many other careers he ought to be in a circus.’
    • ‘By profession a hotelkeeper, the elder Parer on all accounts had the shrewd joviality of his calling.’
    • ‘By profession I am a well-known book illustrator and artist.’
    • ‘By profession he was a poet, and he'd appeared in Galway several times before - at poetry readings, unaccompanied by a band.’
    • ‘By profession she was a registered nurse and in later years moved into private practice in London.’
    • ‘Meanwhile US hacks have convinced themselves that they're involved in a profession rather than a craft.’
    • ‘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. 1.1treated as singular or plural A body of people engaged in a particular profession.
      ‘the legal profession has become increasingly business-conscious’
      • ‘The regulatory bodies for the health professions should be run by councils that are primarily appointed.’
      • ‘The Law Society of Alberta, the regulatory body for the legal profession, says no complaints have been filed as of yet against anyone.’
      • ‘After a few terms at Selma University, he settled in Montgomery where he first entered the undertaking profession.’
      • ‘‘The awareness of diversity is an important element of training for the childcare profession,’ he noted.’
      • ‘That is a very proper process, as essentially this is the constitution of the legal profession in our nation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do we now have half of the health care profession engaged with this?’
      • ‘Pharmacy programs are also encouraged to evaluate these practices to assure that the best candidates are entering the pharmacy profession.’
      • ‘How can we mentor music students to enter the music profession?’
      • ‘And you're also a mercy giver, because you wouldn't be involved in the nursing profession in an emergency room.’
      • ‘The beleaguered legal profession demands a little respect.’
      • ‘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 legal profession's peak body, the Law Council, called on judges to boycott the new regime.’
      • ‘This review will be undertaken every five years and is led by the governing body of the medical profession, the General Medical Council.’
      • ‘She has been a leader and a pioneer in the American legal profession.’
      • ‘The whole legal profession is old-fashioned, and steeped in old-fashioned language and mores.’
  • 2An act of declaring that one has a particular feeling or quality, especially when this is not the case.

    ‘his profession of delight rang hollow’
    • ‘The great point of that book was to deal with this problem of a false profession.’
    • ‘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.’
    declaration, affirmation, statement, announcement, proclamation, assertion, avowal, vow, claim, allegation, protestation
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  • 3A declaration of belief in a religion.

    ‘a profession of faith in Jesus Christ’
    mass noun ‘they were baptized on profession 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.’
    • ‘Hearing the Lord's voice takes us beyond mere religious profession or formal observances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having ‘God’ in it divides us and attempts to link patriotism to public professions of religious belief.’
    • ‘The name Evangelical derives from the profession of the Evangel - that is, the gospel.’
    • ‘Can there be a credible Christian profession if there is no love?’
    • ‘A direct profession of faith would be insufficiently impure, a denial of the brownness of real life.’
    • ‘They think there is something illegitimate about anyone on the public payroll making open and passionate professions of their faith.’
    • ‘Generally, chaplains of any faith can gain access to local religious leaders since religion and a profession of faith are the common bonds.’
    • ‘Living ‘by faith in’ suggests that faith is a profession to be asserted, a willed thing.’
    • ‘Rather, they imply sincerity in our profession of Christ as Saviour and Lord.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although not a Christian by profession, Jaspers' philosophy was Christian in many of its tenets, and he was also systematically Kantian.’
    • ‘The Irish Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion.’
    • ‘On the basis of our repentance and profession of faith in Christ, God regards us as acceptable and pleasing in His sight.’
    • ‘The extraordinary thing about that is that her husband, though coming to all the meetings with her, makes no profession to be a Christian.’
    • ‘First, they need to acknowledge that their initial profession of Jesus' Messiahship is inadequate.’
    • ‘Testimonials give greater emphasis and personalize professions of beliefs as proof to support the veracity of a particular claim.’
    • ‘The wicked world pursue their evil cause boldly, but alas! the people of God shame their honourable cause and profession by their cowardice.’
    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. 3.2mass 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.’

Phrases

  • the oldest profession

    • humorous The practice of working as a prostitute.

      • ‘Even though love-at-work is as old as the world's oldest profession, the days of women being suspected of sleeping their way to the middle are not over.’
      • ‘And in Belle de Jour and Hustle, Deneuve depicts two diametrically opposed versions of the world's oldest profession, both of which defy conventional interpretations.’
      • ‘Love for Sale, first published in Norwegian in 1997, is nothing if not ambitious, attempting as it does to cover all aspects of the world's oldest profession, at all times and in all places.’
      • ‘A young lady, a practitioner of the world's oldest profession, is plying her trade on a cold Fort Ave.’
      • ‘The network of courtesans, musicians and artists hitherto thriving on royal patronage were reduced to penury; and were forced to turn to the world's oldest profession.’
      • ‘However, the lure of increased tax revenues is evidently not enough to overcome misgivings about permitting the world's oldest profession equal status on today's job market.’
      • ‘It feels that the crackdown will drive prostitution and brothels even further underground, making the oldest profession even more dangerous for both the women and their punters.’
      • ‘Yes, the oldest profession (even when it's called ‘escort’) is, ‘Society’ wise, not the most respected.’
      • ‘One ‘customer’ appeared to be a working woman of the oldest profession, plying her trade indoors in the air conditioned restaurant instead of outside on a street corner in the heat.’
      • ‘To assist them they enlist the aid of Rahab, an inhabitant of Jericho, and a practitioner of the world's oldest profession.’

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 (sense 1) derives from the notion of an occupation that one ‘professes’ to be skilled in.

Pronunciation

profession

/prəˈfɛʃ(ə)n/