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[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-ahyz] /prəˈfɛʃ ə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), professionalized, professionalizing.
to give a professional character or status to; make into or establish as a profession.
verb (used without object), professionalized, professionalizing.
to become professional.
Origin of professionalize
1855-60; professional + -ize
Related forms
professionalist, noun
professionalization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for professionalize
  • The for-profit model uses technology to de-professionalize academics.
  • In response to my initiatives to professionalize the college, he engaged in activities clearly designed to sabotage the efforts.
  • Centralize, professionalize, and reform procurement.
  • Third, supervisors sought to professionalize to distinguish their work from that of administrators.
  • The national call to professionalize teaching is almost as old as the field itself.
  • The agency continues to professionalize its workforce by training and certifying staff.
  • He'll share ideas and methods to professionalize and modernize communications on water conservation.
  • He immediately fired those agents he considered unqualified and proceeded to professionalize the organization.
  • More broadly, they professionalize the teaching profession.
  • The national movement to professionalize direct support is described.
British Dictionary definitions for professionalize


(transitive) to impose a professional structure or status on (something)
Derived Forms
professionalization, professionalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for professionalize

1833, from professional (adj.) + -ize. Related: Professionalized; professionalizing.

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