[ kuh-reer ]
/ kəˈrɪər /


verb (used without object)

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


having or following a career; professional: a career diplomat.

Nearby words

  1. care plan,
  2. care-free,
  3. care-taker,
  4. care-worm,
  5. careen,
  6. career girl,
  7. career woman,
  8. careerism,
  9. careerist,
  10. careers adviser

Origin of career

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 confusedcareen career Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for careered


/ (kəˈrɪə) /


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 for career

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

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Word Origin and History for careered
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Idioms and Phrases with careered


see checkered career.

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