1 of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in as a profession
2 engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood
3 extremely competent in a job, etc.
4 undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
5 a person who belongs to or engages in one of the professions
6 a person who engages for his livelihood in some activity also pursued by amateurs
7 a person who engages in an activity with great competence
8 an expert player of a game who gives instruction, esp. to members of a club by whom he is hired
n a body of persons engaged in the same profession, formed usually to control entry into the profession, maintain standards, and represent the profession in discussions with other bodies
n (Football) a deliberate foul committed as a last-ditch tactic to prevent an opponent from scoring
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