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noun [countable] career pronunciation in British English /kəˈrɪə(r)/
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  1. a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in
    Choosing a career can be a very difficult decision.
    the problems of combining a career and a family
    career in: a career in computer science
    career as: He has just started out on a career as a photographer.
    academic/political/managerial etc career: Rosen had decided on an academic career.
    pursue/embark on/follow a career: Only 20 per cent of the students intend to pursue careers as engineers in industry.
    make a career out of something: young graduates looking to make a career out of teaching
    end/ruin someone’s career: the financial scandal that ruined her career
    a chequered career (=sometimes successful and sometimes not): an entrepreneur with a rather chequered career
    a distinguished/successful/glittering career: He subsequently enjoyed a distinguished career in the diplomatic service.
    1. a.
      the time when a sports player, entertainer, or artist is active or working
      the biggest fight of his career
      She played more than 800 games in a career spanning 20 years.
      someone’s playing/acting career: the injury that ended his playing career
      launch a/your etc career: The 25-year-old actress is now launching her career over here.
      the peak/height of someone’s career: In 1999 Mackay was at the peak of her show business career.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] connected with someones career
      a good career choice
      He felt like a career change and went into teaching.
      a job with excellent career prospects



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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