career Definition

an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress.

Using career: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "career" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has had a successful career in medicine.

  • Example

    He is considering a career in law enforcement.

  • Example

    I'm hoping to make a career change soon.

  • Example

    The company offers many career advancement opportunities.

career Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for career

Antonyms for career

Idioms Using career

  • to turn a particular activity or interest into one's profession


    She made a career out of her passion for cooking by opening her own restaurant.

  • to cause someone to stop working in a particular profession or field


    The scandal ended his political career and he resigned from office.

  • to switch to a different profession or field of work


    After years of working in finance, she decided to change careers and become a teacher.

Phrases with career

  • the sequence of jobs that a person has in a particular field of work


    He started as an intern and worked his way up the career path to become CEO.

  • a series of job positions in a particular field, each with increasing levels of responsibility and pay


    She climbed the career ladder from entry-level employee to senior management.

  • career goals

    the objectives or aspirations that a person has for their professional life


    Her career goals include becoming a partner at the law firm and starting her own practice.

Origins of career

from Latin 'carrus', meaning 'wheeled vehicle'


Summary: career in Brief

The term 'career' [kəˈrɪə] refers to a long-term occupation with opportunities for advancement. It can span various fields, such as medicine or law enforcement, and includes phrases like 'career path,' 'career ladder,' and 'career goals.' Idioms like 'make a career out of something' and 'end a career' denote turning interests into professions or causing someone to stop working in a particular field.

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