- an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer.
- a person's progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking: His career as a soldier ended with the armistice.
- success in a profession, occupation, etc.
- a course, especially a swift one.
- speed, especially full speed: The horse stumbled in full career.
- Archaic. a charge at full speed.
- to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
- having or following a career; professional: a career diplomat.
Origin of career
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Examples from the Web for career
I always wanted to have a career like his—except for the stopping work thing.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
So looking at that and that at that time I was also pursuing my career—so there was something here.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
Starting under Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft, embassies headed by career diplomats increased in number.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
But as everyone knows, he went on to say—not once but many times—that that was the greatest error of his career by far.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
We do not know how or why or when the human race began its career upon this Earth.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
From the beginning to the end of his career he was as much a lyric poet as a dramatist.The Man Shakespeare
No, so long as my sister has the career fever, I say law, every time.
I like him; I should like him even if he were not an Earl—and his name a career.
But there was much in the career of the great Napoleon to inspire enthusiasm.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- a path or progress through life or history
- a profession or occupation chosen as one's life's work
- (modifier) having or following a career as specifieda career diplomat
- a course or path, esp a swift or headlong one
- (intr) to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way
Word Origin and History for career
1530s, "a running (usually at full speed), a course" (especially of the sun, etc., across the sky), from Middle French carriere "road, racecourse" (16c.), from Old Provençal or Italian carriera, from Vulgar Latin *(via) cararia "carriage (road), track for wheeled vehicles," from Latin carrus "chariot" (see car). Sense of "course of a working life" first attested 1803.
1590s, "to charge at a tournament," from career (n.). The meaning "move rapidly, run at full speed" (1640s) is from the image of a horse "passing a career" on the jousting field, etc. Related: Careered; careering.
Idioms and Phrases with career
see checkered career.