Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

career

[kuh-reer] /kəˈrɪər/
noun
1.
an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework:
He sought a career as a lawyer.
2.
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.
3.
success in a profession, occupation, etc.
4.
a course, especially a swift one.
5.
speed, especially full speed:
The horse stumbled in full career.
6.
Archaic. a charge at full speed.
verb (used without object)
7.
to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
adjective
8.
having or following a career; professional:
a career diplomat.
Origin of career
1525-1535
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.
Synonyms
2. vocation, calling, work, lifework, livelihood.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for careering
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A few of the horses stood quietly beside their dead owners, the rest were careering wildly over the plain.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
  • Away they went once more, careering through the gathering darkness.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • In another temple monkeys are revered too, careering about the walls and courtyards and being fed by the curious and the devout.

  • For the poet is, on his monoplane, careering over the heart of Italy.

    Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
  • Black midnight came, and the careering tempest swept the deluged streets of Zempoalla, driving even the sentinels to seek shelter.

    Hernando Cortez John S. C. Abbott
  • They were careering through the valley, all in a confused and disorderly band.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • Old Ali Atar was careering about the valley with his usual impatience, hurrying the march of the loitering troops.

  • He is careering about; I feel that I am trembling like a leaf.

  • careering about the place, dragging behind him a board to which he had been tied and was unable to dislodge.

    Dorothy at Oak Knowe Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for careering

career

/kəˈrɪə/
noun
1.
a path or progress through life or history
2.
a profession or occupation chosen as one's life's work
3.
(modifier) having or following a career as specified: a career diplomat
4.
a course or path, esp a swift or headlong one
verb
5.
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for careering

career

n.

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.

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with careering

career

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for career

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for careering

12
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for careering