- 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 careering
Remember when we all thought Miley Cyrus careering head first towards rock bottom just because she twerked?The Epic Justin Bieber Meltdown May Be the Most Worrisome One Yet
January 23, 2014
I feel already as if I were in the saddle, and careering wildly about.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
And for no rhyme or reason I am careering about the verandah in an ecstasy of joy.My Reminiscences
"I saw Peter careering about like a youngster," said the doctor, laughing.Hunter's Marjory
Margaret Bruce Clarke
A slight white figure on horseback was careering in the distance.From Sand Hill to Pine
Away they went once more, careering through the gathering darkness.Robert Falconer
- 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 careering
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 careering
see checkered career.