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professionalize (v.)

1833, transitive, "to render professional;" 1890, intransitive, "to become professional;" from professional (adj.) + -ize. Related: Professionalized; professionalizing.

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Definitions of professionalize from WordNet

professionalize (v.)
become professional or proceed in a professional manner or in an activity for pay or as a means of livelihood;
Synonyms: professionalise
professionalize (v.)
make professional or give a professional character to;
Philosophy has not always been professionalized and used to be a subject pursued only by amateurs
Synonyms: professionalise
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