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[kuh-reer] /kəˈrɪər/
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.
verb (used without object)
to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
having or following a career; professional:
a career diplomat.
Origin of career
1525-35; < Middle French carriere < Old Provençal carriera literally, road < Late Latin carrāria (via) vehicular (road), equivalent to Latin carr(us) wagon (see car1) + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary
Can be confused
careen, career.
2. vocation, calling, work, lifework, livelihood. Unabridged
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  • But his cries were borne off by the fierce winds, and the ship as it careered madly before the blast was soon out of hearing.

    Cord and Creese James de Mille
  • Now she was a pace in front, now they careered onward neck and neck.

  • The beast had careered across a field, leapt a hedge and come upon its victim suddenly.

  • Wildly they careered and brought the heat of midday into far regions of the Heavens that were unused to its untempered rays.

  • Spot, released from his leash, careered about like a mad creature.

  • We careered madly to a steep bank, when I got the upper hands of my antaggernist and threw him into the raveen.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
  • She knelt for Joan to clasp her neck, then tucking her little fat legs under her arms, rose and careered on to the landing.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • Coming back, he hoisted his sail, and we careered over in rollicking style.

  • The last of them, escaping playfully from her grasp, careered across the room and hid itself under a window curtain.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • It careered over the roofs, with a track that was luminous in the dusk, like a curved sheet of lightning.

British Dictionary definitions for careered


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 specified: a career diplomat
a course or path, esp a swift or headlong one
(intransitive) to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way
Word Origin
C16: from French carrière, from Late Latin carrāria carriage road, from Latin carrus two-wheeled wagon, car
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Word Origin and History for careered



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.

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