Definition of professionalize in English:

professionalize

(British professionalise)

verb

[with object]
  • Give (an occupation, activity, or group) professional qualities, typically by increasing training or raising required qualifications.

    ‘attempts to professionalize the police are resisted by many’
    • ‘There have been much more concerted attempts to professionalize management education, and to base general management expertise in formalized education.’
    • ‘On one hand, they are gradually desensitized by the increasing popularized and professionalized humanities.’
    • ‘I think that it is recognized that there is a further need to professionalize the activities that they are conducting.’
    • ‘Auditing was increasingly professionalized and founded on concepts of prudence.’
    • ‘The development education fund professionalised a group of activists who now no longer sharpen that cutting edge, and there has been a real loss of engagement with the public as a result.’
    • ‘We have been working hard to coordinate, streamline, and professionalize the management functions of the firm.’
    • ‘Some of the framers did apparently envisage that one day the National Guard and the Police Force would be professionalised.’
    • ‘The term ‘graphic design’ took hold in the years after the Second World War as a way of describing and promoting an increasingly professionalised form of activity.’
    • ‘Charles said that the current projects are designed to professionalize youth work in St Lucia.’
    • ‘This represented a serious attempt to professionalize the military establishment.’

Pronunciation

professionalize

/prəˈfɛʃ(ə)n(ə)lʌɪz/