- 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 careered
Spot, released from his leash, careered about like a mad creature.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
I jumped up and careered wildly from end to end of the wood.The Romance of the Woods
F. J. Whishaw
Now she was a pace in front, now they careered onward neck and neck.Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine
Wildly they careered and brought the heat of midday into far regions of the Heavens that were unused to its untempered rays.Half a Hundred Hero Tales
The beast had careered across a field, leapt a hedge and come upon its victim suddenly.The Research Magnificent
H. G. Wells
- 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 careered
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with careered
see checkered career.