American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation.
- n. 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.
- n. A path or course, as of the sun through the heavens.
- n. Speed: "My hasting days fly on with full career” ( John Milton).
- adj. Doing what one does as a permanent occupation or lifework: career diplomats; a career criminal.
- v. To move or run at full speed; rush. See Usage Note at careen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ground on which a race is run; a race-course; hence, course; path; way.
- n. A charge or run at full speed, as in justing.
- n. General course of action or movement; procedure; course of proceeding; a specific course of action or occupation forming the object of one's life: as, “honour's fair career,” Dryden.
- n. [Sometimes used absolutely to signify a definite or conspicuous career of some kind: as, a man with a career before him.]
- n. In the manège, a place inclosed with a barrier, in which to run the ring.
- n. In falconry, a flight or tour of the hawk, about 120 yards.
- To move or run rapidly, as if in a race or charge.
- n. A prison; a lock-up; especially, one in a German school or university.
- n. One of the 8 to 12 stalls, closed with bars, from which races were started in a Roman circus. They were arranged with slanting axes in order not to give an unfair advantage to any competitor.
- n. One's calling in life; a person's occupation; one's profession.
- n. An individual’s work and life roles over their lifespan.
- n. archaic speed
- n. A jouster's path during a joust.
- v. To move rapidly straight ahead, especially in an uncontrolled way.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A race course: the ground run over.
- n. A running; full speed; a rapid course.
- n. General course of action or conduct in life, or in a particular part or calling in life, or in some special undertaking; usually applied to course or conduct which is of a public character.
- n. (Falconry) The flight of a hawk.
- v. To move or run rapidly.
- n. the particular occupation for which you are trained
- n. the general progression of your working or professional life
- v. move headlong at high speed
- Mid 16th century, from French carrière (a road or racecourse), from Italian carriera, from Old Provençal carreira, from Late Latin carrāria based on Latin carrus 'wheeled vehicle'. Or from Middle French carriere, from Old Provençal/Occitan carriera ("road"), from Late Latin carrāria. (Wiktionary)
- French carrière, from Old French, racecourse, from Old Provençal carriera, street, from Medieval Latin (via) carrāria, (road) for carts, feminine of carrārius, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon; see kers- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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”
“In light of trying to distinguish true democrats from 'corporate democrats' maybe for this Denver mayor's race, the term 'career politician' is actually a good thing in the case of Hancock, Linkhart and Mejia -- meaning we know where you have been working, and it has been in a public arena, not in private backroom deals.”
“The for-profit industry, which prefers the term "career colleges" or "proprietary" schools, grew rapidly over the last decade amid renewed calls to increase the nation's college graduation rate and a need to help laid-off workers find new careers.”
“Romney's critics point out that he might have earned the label "career politician" had he not lost his 1994 Senate race.”
“The word career derives from the French word carrière, meaning a racecourse.”
“Taking no risks in your career is the biggest - and worst - risk of them all.”
“If your career is a hill then the mountain next to it is the rejections accrued.”
“McCargo, who has battled injuries and inconsistent stretches of play, remains on the roster but his career is at a crossroads.”
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