[ 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.



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

Origin of professionalize

First recorded in 1855–60; professional + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM professionalize

pro·fes·sion·al·ist, nounpro·fes·sion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for professionalize

  • When Parker became chief of police in 1950, for example, he extended the LAPD’s insulation from civilian oversight and professionalized the department by raising standards and bolstering the internal disciplinary process.

  • When it came to the police, new rounds of charter reform in the 1920s were intended to professionalize the department by removing political influence out of concerns that corrupt police officers enforced the will of politicians.

  • The personality of many who engage in the work is too ordinary to professionalize any calling.

British Dictionary definitions for professionalize



/ (prəˈfɛʃənəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to impose a professional structure or status on (something)

Derived forms of professionalize

professionalization or professionalisation, noun
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