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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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