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adjective professional pronunciation in American English /prəˈfeʃən(ə)l/
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  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.
    2. b.
      behaving in an appropriate 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
    The school prepares students for a wide range of professional careers.
    professional organizations/bodies/associations
    1. a.
      working in a profession
      managerial and professional employees
  3. 3
    relating to your work or career
    We have a good professional relationship, but I wouldn’t say we’re friends.



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