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professionalize

[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to give a professional character or status to; make into or establish as a profession.
verb (used without object), pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to become professional.
Also especially British, pro·fes·sion·al·ise.

Origin of professionalize

First recorded in 1855–60; professional + -ize
Related formspro·fes·sion·al·ist, nounpro·fes·sion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for professionalist

professionalize

professionalise

verb
  1. (tr) to impose a professional structure or status on (something)
Derived Formsprofessionalization or professionalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for professionalist

professionalize

v.

1833, from professional (adj.) + -ize. Related: Professionalized; professionalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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