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  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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
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  1. having or following a career; professional: a career diplomat.
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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

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Related Words for careered

bombard, pummel, shower, batter, hurl, assail, pepper, plummet, hurtle, tumble, drop, drive, jump, sink, dip, throw, descend, nose-dive, fly, shoot

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Historical Examples of careered

  • Spot, released from his leash, careered about like a mad creature.

    A harum-scarum schoolgirl

    Angela Brazil

  • I jumped up and careered wildly from end to end of the wood.

  • Now she was a pace in front, now they careered onward neck and neck.

  • Wildly they careered and brought the heat of midday into far regions of the Heavens that were unused to its untempered rays.

  • The beast had careered across a field, leapt a hedge and come upon its victim suddenly.

British Dictionary definitions for careered


  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 specifieda career diplomat
  4. a course or path, esp a swift or headlong one
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  1. (intr) to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way
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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



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.

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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with careered


see checkered career.

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