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career

[kuh-reer] /kəˈrɪər/
noun
1.
an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework:
He sought a career as a lawyer.
2.
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.
3.
success in a profession, occupation, etc.
4.
a course, especially a swift one.
5.
speed, especially full speed:
The horse stumbled in full career.
6.
Archaic. a charge at full speed.
verb (used without object)
7.
to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
adjective
8.
having or following a career; professional:
a career diplomat.
Origin of career
1525-1535
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
Can be confused
careen, career.
Synonyms
2. vocation, calling, work, lifework, livelihood.
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  • But the stranger shook his head disdainfully, and continued his career.

  • I like him; I should like him even if he were not an Earl—and his name a career.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • However, figure to yourself Corot fully embarked on his career as a painter.

    Corot Sidney Allnutt
  • No, so long as my sister has the career fever, I say law, every time.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • After all, it is often the dreams of the youth which determine the career of the man, he reflected.

    Nuala O'Malley H. Bedford-Jones
British Dictionary definitions for career

career

/kəˈrɪə/
noun
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
verb
5.
(intransitive) to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way
Word Origin
C16: from French carrière, from Late Latin carrāria carriage road, from Latin carrus two-wheeled wagon, car
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Word Origin and History for career
n.

1530s, "a running (usually at full speed), a course" (especially of the sun, etc., across the sky), from Middle French carriere "road, racecourse" (16c.), from Old Provençal or Italian carriera, from Vulgar Latin *(via) cararia "carriage (road), track for wheeled vehicles," from Latin carrus "chariot" (see car). Sense of "course of a working life" first attested 1803.

v.

1590s, "to charge at a tournament," from career (n.). The meaning "move rapidly, run at full speed" (1640s) is from the image of a horse "passing a career" on the jousting field, etc. Related: Careered; careering.

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Idioms and Phrases with career

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