verb (used without object)

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


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

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

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

Examples from the Web for careering

Contemporary Examples of careering

Historical Examples of careering

  • I feel already as if I were in the saddle, and careering wildly about.

  • And for no rhyme or reason I am careering about the verandah in an ecstasy of joy.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • "I saw Peter careering about like a youngster," said the doctor, laughing.

    Hunter's Marjory

    Margaret Bruce Clarke

  • A slight white figure on horseback was careering in the distance.

  • Away they went once more, careering through the gathering darkness.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for careering



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 careering



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.



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 careering


see checkered career.

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