Definition of "career" [ca•reer]

  • A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation. (noun)
  • The general course or progression of one's working life or one's professional achievements: an officer with a distinguished career; a teacher in the midst of a long career. (noun)
  • A path or course, as of the sun through the heavens. (noun)
  • Speed: "My hasting days fly on with full career” ( John Milton). (noun)
  • Doing what one does as a permanent occupation or lifework: career diplomats; a career criminal. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "career" in a sentence
  • "I know that when I'm advising students, and they are fretting about career choices, and I ask them, what do you *want* to do with your life -- what do you think will make you happy, most of them, I'd say maybe 70% of them, give me this blank stare: as if *happiness* and *career* could have nothing to do with each other."
  • "I have a warm interest in your happiness and career -- yes, _career_ -- I repeat the word."
  • "Madrid Number 9 Youth career 19931995 Andorinha 19951997 Nacional 19972001 Sporting CP Senior career* Years Team Apps ‡ (Gls) ‡ 20012003 Sporting CP 25 (3) 20032009 Manchester United 196"