professionalize

[ pruh-fesh-uh-nl-ahyz ]
/ prəˈfɛʃ ə nlˌaɪz /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. professional association,
  2. professional corporation,
  3. professional foul,
  4. professional standards review organization,
  5. professionalism,
  6. professor,
  7. professorate,
  8. professorial,
  9. professoriate,
  10. professorship

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

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British Dictionary definitions for professionalize

professionalize

professionalise

/ (prəˈfɛʃənəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to impose a professional structure or status on (something)
Derived Formsprofessionalization or professionalisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for professionalize

professionalize

v.

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

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