an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer.
a person's progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking: His career as a soldier ended with the armistice.
success in a profession, occupation, etc.
a course, especially a swift one.
speed, especially full speed: The horse stumbled in full career.
Archaic. a charge at full speed.
verb (used without object)
to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
having or following a career; professional: a career diplomat.

1525–35; < Middle French carriere < Old Provençal carriera literally, road < Late Latin carrāria (via) vehicular (road), equivalent to Latin carr(us) wagon (see car1) + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary

careen, career.

2. vocation, calling, work, lifework, livelihood. Unabridged
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career (kəˈrɪə)
1.  a path or progress through life or history
2.  a profession or occupation chosen as one's life's work
3.  (modifier) having or following a career as specified: a career diplomat
4.  a course or path, esp a swift or headlong one
5.  (intr) to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way
[C16: from French carrière, from Late Latin carrāria carriage road, from Latin carrus two-wheeled wagon, car]

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Word Origin & History

c.1534, "a running course" (especially of the sun, etc., across the sky), from M.Fr. carriere "road, racecourse," from O.Prov. carriera, from V.L. *(via) cararia "carriage (road), track for wheeled vehicles," from L. carrus "chariot" (see car). Sense of "course of a working
life" first attested 1803. The verb is first attested in 1594 from the notion of a horse "passing a career" on the jousting field, etc. Careerist is from 1917.
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Idioms & Phrases


see checkered career.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Some stay on the testing circuit for a few months after college or between
  jobs, until they find a career path.
For a few, though, clinical trials are a career path.
Her demonstration took me by surprise and redirected my whole career path into
  animal behavior.
Nonacademic alumni can provide information about the typical career path in
  their profession and what you have to do to move up.
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