career

[kuh-reer]
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:
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.
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career (kəˈrɪə)
 
n
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
 
vb
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

career
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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Example sentences
And both enjoyed prolific silent movie careers based on their reputations as
  charming drunks.
Essentially, they have spent their entire careers building things on other
  things.
They become emotionally de-skilled, and that pulls them back later in their
  careers.
SF inspires people to choose science and engineering as careers.
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