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adjective professional pronunciation in British English /prəˈfeʃ(ə)nəl/
  1. 1
    relating to work that needs special skills and qualifications
    Every applicant is entitled to good professional advice.
    Teachers must be free to exercise their professional judgment.
    1. a.
      showing a high level of skill or training
      the firm with the most professional approach to marketing
      very/highly/thoroughly professional: I congratulate you on a thoroughly professional job, done in difficult conditions.
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    2. b.
      behaving in a correct way at work and doing your job well
      The whole cast was very professional and hard working in rehearsals.
      They want me to dress in a more professional way.
  2. 2
    relating to a profession and its rules, standards, and arrangements
    professional qualifications/training
    professional organizations/bodies/associations
    1. a.
      working in a profession
      managerial and professional employees
  3. 3
    relating to your work or career
    We’ve got a good professional relationship, but I wouldn’t say we’re friends.
  4. 4
    playing a sport or doing an activity as a job rather than for enjoyment
    a professional actor/footballer/photographer
    1. a.
      played or done as a job rather than for enjoyment
      professional football/boxing



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