UK [prəˈfeʃ(ə)nəlaɪz] / US [prəˈfeʃənˌlaɪz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "professionalize":
present tense I/you/we/they professionalize he/she/it professionalizes present participle professionalizing past tense professionalized past participle professionalized
to make an activity or organization professional, especially by paying the people involved in it

proposals to professionalize college sports in the US

Derived word:
UK [prəˌfeʃ(ə)nəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [prəˌfeʃən(ə)lɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable

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  • professionalize — (Amer.) v. make professional, give professional qualities; become professional, give oneself professional qualities (also professionalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • professionalize — [prō fesh′ənəl īz΄, pre fesh′ənəl īz΄] vt. professionalized, professionalizing to cause to have professional qualities, status, etc. professionalization n …   English World dictionary

  • professionalize — pro|fes|sion|al|ize [ prə feʃən,laız ] verb transitive to make an activity or organization professional, especially by paying the people involved in it: proposals to professionalize college sports ╾ pro|fes|sion|al|i|za|tion [ prə,feʃənlı zeıʃn ] …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • professionalize — [[t]prəfe̱ʃənəlaɪz[/t]] professionalizes, professionalizing, professionalized VERB To professionalize an organization, an institution, or an activity means to make it more professional, for example by paying the people who are involved in it. [V… …   English dictionary

  • professionalize — professional ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or belonging to a profession. 2) engaged in an activity as a paid occupation rather than as an amateur. 3) worthy of or appropriate to a professional person; competent. ► NOUN 1) a professional person. 2) a …   English terms dictionary

  • professionalize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1856 to give a professional character to • professionalization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • professionalize — professionalist, n. professionalization, n. /preuh fesh euh nl uyz /, v., professionalized, professionalizing. v.t. 1. to give a professional character or status to; make into or establish as a profession. v.i. 2. to become professional. Also,… …   Universalium

  • professionalize — verb To make something professional Ant: unprofessionalize See Also: professionalization …   Wiktionary

  • professionalize — pro·fes·sion·al·ize …   English syllables

  • professionalize — verb 1. become professional or proceed in a professional manner or in an activity for pay or as a means of livelihood • Syn: ↑professionalise • Derivationally related forms: ↑professionalization • Hypernyms: ↑change • Verb Group: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary