From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprofessionalpro‧fes‧sion‧al1 /prəˈfeʃənəl/ ●●● S2 W1 AWL adjective 1 job [only before noun]BOJOB/WORK a) relating to a job that needs special education and training What professional qualifications does he have? It is essential to get good professional advice. You may need to seek professional help. b) relating to your job or work and not to your private life professional contacts2 well trainedEFFICIENT showing that someone has been well trained and is good at their work This business plan looks very professional. a more professional approach to work3 paidBO doing a job, sport, or activity for money, rather than just for fun → amateur a professional tennis player a professional armyturn/go professional (=start to do something as a job)4 team/eventBO done by or relating to people who are paid to do a sport or activity → amateur a professional hockey team The golf tournament is a professional event.5 → professional person/man/woman etc6 → professional liar/complainer etc —professionalization /prəˌfeʃənəlaɪˈzeɪʃən $ -lə-/ noun [uncountable] the increasing professionalization of childcare services —professionalize /prəˈfeʃənəlaɪz/ verb [transitive]COLLOCATIONSnounsprofessional adviceEveryone considering buying a house should seek professional advice.professional helpIt is very important for parents to get professional help if this problem arises.professional qualificationsMany of the courses lead directly to professional qualifications.professional trainingAll the charity’s workers are volunteers, without professional training.professional standardsThe Law Society’s function is to maintain the highest professional standards.a professional body/association (=organization that people from a particular profession can belong to)Is your architect a member of a professional body?a professional careerAfter retiring from sport, he began his professional career as a journalist.somebody’s professional lifeAt this point she took the biggest risk of her professional life.
Examples from the Corpusprofessional• These glossy brochures look very professional.• He was a keen amateur photographer for many years before he turned professional.• Despite claims of more health professional access to the Internet, this is not the same as use.• Full time welfare officers represent individuals at pension tribunals, and are able to offer professional advice on legal matters and housing.• Lawyers have their own professional association, which operates a strict code of conduct.• professional basketball games• Professional basketball players can earn huge sums of money.• In the meantime, he says, Elizabeth would benefit from detailed professional financial planning and investment advice.• a professional football player• As a class, professional golfers are swell well-scrubbed chaps and chaplets, infinitely preferable to professional wrestlers or professional loan sharks.• None of the applicants have any professional job experience.• You are advised to seek professional legal advice if in any doubt about the contract details.• I was impressed with William's professional manner on the phone.• You should speak to a lawyer for a professional opinion.• By this time Amelia had obtained a transport license, the mark of a professional pilot.• The persistent association of Kohlberg's professional prestige with Gilligan's work is an interesting current example.• The RSA course in teaching is a recognized professional qualification.• The professional role has been minimal, and, where it has been relevant has been facilitative rather than directive or initiating.• Q: Do you have any advice for those want to become a professional singer?• a professional singer• the glamorous world of professional skatingprofessional help• After several weeks of sleepless nights, Walter sought professional help.• But for many people, the best solution may be a combination of tax software and professional help.• Your spouse might be able to help you, or you may need to seek professional help.• The extent to which bereavement is worked through depends on self-awareness, external support, professional help and general attitudes.• However, the advice about seeking professional help still applies.• Name of Consortium - should we try to get professional help with this? 8.• Programs may be developed during school hours where professionals help work-inhibited students.turn/go professional• After that he played with Alan Elsdon, with whom he turned professional.• By then fired by an ambition to go all the way, he turned professional.• But the real on-course caring was not to return fully until she turned professional at the start of 1984.• A proficient rather than brilliant amateur, Johnson went professional in 1968 and progressed well, winning thirty-two of thirty-eight contests.• He turned professional in 1973 under the management of Terry Lawless.• Before turning professional in 1985 she started a Sport Science degree which she still hopes to complete.• I turned professional when I was 13.• After jamming in Harlem, in 1954 he turned professional with Tito Puente and others.