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[ kuh-reer ]


  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.

    Synonyms: livelihood, lifework, work, calling, vocation

  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)

  1. to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.


  1. having or following a career; professional:

    a career diplomat.


/ kəˈrɪə /


  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


  1. intr to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way

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Word History and Origins

Origin of career1

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French carriere, from Old Provençal carriera, literally, “road,” from Late Latin carrāria (via) “vehicular (road),” equivalent to Latin carr(us) “wagon” ( car 1 ) + -āria (feminine of -ārius -ary )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of career1

C16: from French carrière, from Late Latin carrāria carriage road, from Latin carrus two-wheeled wagon, car

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Idioms and Phrases

see checkered career .

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Example Sentences

I always wanted to have a career like his—except for the stopping work thing.

So looking at that and that at that time I was also pursuing my career—so there was something here.

The memoir follows Oswalt from 1995 to 1999 as he was starting out on his comedy career in Los Angeles.

Starting under Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft, embassies headed by career diplomats increased in number.

I ask Atefeh and Monir if they see dancing as a form of income in the future, a potential career.

He began his military career at the age of 11, and continued in the service nearly 60 years.

In 1856 she married Mesdag, who, rather late in life decided to follow the career of a painter.

At the very commencement of the campaign Massna committed a fault which almost ruined his career.

So did my versatile friend, joyously confident in his powers, start on his glorious career as a private detective.

Your mad career generally ended in a crowd and a free fight of confetti.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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