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verb (used with object), pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to give a professional character or status to; make into or establish as a profession.
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verb (used without object), pro·fes·sion·al·ized, pro·fes·sion·al·iz·ing.
  1. 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
Related formspro·fes·sion·al·ist, nounpro·fes·sion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for professionalize

Historical Examples

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

    Rural Life and the Rural School

    Joseph Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for professionalize



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


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

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