Career definition

kə-rîr
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One's progress through life or in one's work.
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A profession or occupation which one trains for and pursues as a lifework.
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Doing what one does as a permanent occupation or lifework.

Career diplomats; a career criminal.

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A path or course, as of the sun through the heavens.
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Pursuing a normally temporary activity as a lifework.

A career soldier.

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To move at full speed; rush wildly.
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The definition of career is what you do for a living and how you advance through a profession or company.

Being a lawyer or doctor is an example of a career.

The entire body of work done as you moved from your first position to your current one is an example of your career.

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Speed.
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A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation.
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One's calling in life; a person's occupation; one's profession.
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General course of action or conduct in life, or in a particular part of it.

Washington's career as a soldier.

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(archaic) Speed.
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A jouster's path during a joust.
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(falconry) The flight of a hawk.
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To move rapidly straight ahead, especially in an uncontrolled way.

The car careered down the road, missed the curve, and went through a hedge.

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The general course or progression of one's working life or one's professional achievements.

An officer with a distinguished career; a teacher in the midst of a long career.

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To move forward at high speed, often with minimal control.
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(obs.) A racing course.
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(archaic) A swift course, as of the sun through the sky.
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in full career
  • at full speed
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
career
Plural:
careers

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in full career

Origin of career

  • French carrière from Old French racecourse from Old Provençal carriera street from Medieval Latin (via) carrāria (road) for carts feminine of carrārius from Latin carrus a Gallic type of wagon kers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Mid 16th century, from French carrière (a road or racecourse), from Italian carriera, from Old Provençal carreira, from Late Latin carrāria based on Latin carrus 'wheeled vehicle'. Or from Middle French carriere, from Old Provençal/Occitan carriera ("road"), from Late Latin carrāria.

    From Wiktionary