career - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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 someone’s career

      a good career choice

      He felt like a career change and went into teaching.

      a job with excellent career prospects

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