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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM professionalize

pro·fes·sion·al·ist, nounpro·fes·sion·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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