verb (used with object), pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing.

to give a professional character or status to; make into or establish as a profession.

verb (used without object), pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing.

to become professional.

Also especially British, pro·fes·sion·al·ise.

Origin of professionalize

First recorded in 1855–60; professional + -ize
Related formspro·fes·sion·al·ist, nounpro·fes·sion·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for professionalist




(tr) to impose a professional structure or status on (something)
Derived Formsprofessionalization or professionalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for professionalist



1833, from professional (adj.) + -ize. Related: Professionalized; professionalizing.

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