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 lawyer by profession’
    • ‘By profession a hotelkeeper, the elder Parer on all accounts had the shrewd joviality of his calling.’
    • ‘A qualified nurse by profession, Annemarie had put in 16 years of service in various hospitals in Germany.’
    • ‘Meanwhile US hacks have convinced themselves that they're involved in a profession rather than a craft.’
    • ‘By profession he was a poet, and he'd appeared in Galway several times before - at poetry readings, unaccompanied by a band.’
    • ‘By profession he is a barrister but he skilfully juggles so many other careers he ought to be in a circus.’
    • ‘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 she was a registered nurse and in later years moved into private practice in London.’
    • ‘We view teaching as a profession that requires formal training and certification.’
    • ‘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 profession is divided on the issue’
      • ‘The regulatory bodies for the health professions should be run by councils that are primarily appointed.’
      • ‘That is a very proper process, as essentially this is the constitution of the legal profession in our nation.’
      • ‘After a few terms at Selma University, he settled in Montgomery where he first entered the undertaking profession.’
      • ‘She has been a leader and a pioneer in the American legal profession.’
      • ‘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 beleaguered legal profession demands a little respect.’
      • ‘The legal profession's peak body, the Law Council, called on judges to boycott the new regime.’
      • ‘How can we mentor music students to enter the music profession?’
      • ‘‘The awareness of diversity is an important element of training for the childcare profession,’ he noted.’
      • ‘Do we now have half of the health care profession engaged with this?’
      • ‘And you're also a mercy giver, because you wouldn't be involved in the nursing profession in an emergency room.’
      • ‘Pharmacy programs are also encouraged to evaluate these practices to assure that the best candidates are entering the pharmacy profession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This review will be undertaken every five years and is led by the governing body of the medical profession, the General Medical Council.’
      • ‘The whole legal profession is old-fashioned, and steeped in old-fashioned language and mores.’
      • ‘The Law Society of Alberta, the regulatory body for the legal profession, says no complaints have been filed as of yet against anyone.’
  • 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’
    ‘a profession of allegiance’
    • ‘His first investigative office was closed only a few months after opening when the government launched a campaign to suppress the profession.’
    • ‘In his professions, he claimed the Blair Witch had placed a hex on him, forcing him to commit the murders.’
    • ‘The great point of that book was to deal with this problem of a false 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.

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

      • ‘A young lady, a practitioner of the world's oldest profession, is plying her trade on a cold Fort Ave.’
      • ‘To assist them they enlist the aid of Rahab, an inhabitant of Jericho, and a practitioner of the world's oldest profession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes, the oldest profession (even when it's called ‘escort’) is, ‘Society’ wise, not the most respected.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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

/prəˈfɛʃən//prəˈfeSHən/