[ pruh-fesh-uhn ]
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  1. a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science: the profession of teaching.: Compare learned profession.

  2. any vocation or business.

  1. the body of persons engaged in an occupation or calling: to be respected by the medical profession.

  2. the act of professing; avowal; a declaration, whether true or false: professions of dedication.

  3. the declaration of belief in or acceptance of religion or a faith: the profession of Christianity.

  4. a religion or faith professed.

  5. the declaration made on entering into membership of a church or religious order.

Origin of profession

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Medieval Latin professiōn-, stem of professiō “the taking of the vows of a religious order,” from profess(us) “declared publicly” (see professed) + -iō -ion

synonym study For profession

1. See occupation.

Other words for profession

Other words from profession

  • pro·fes·sion·less, noun
  • non·pro·fes·sion, noun

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How to use profession in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for profession


/ (prəˈfɛʃən) /

  1. an occupation requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences, esp one of the three learned professions, law, theology, or medicine

  2. the body of people in such an occupation

  1. the act of professing; avowal; declaration

    • Also called: profession of faith a declaration of faith in a religion, esp as made on entering the Church of that religion or an order belonging to it

    • the faith or the religion that is the subject of such a declaration

Origin of profession

C13: from Medieval Latin professiō the taking of vows upon entering a religious order, from Latin: public acknowledgment; see profess

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