I UK [kəˈrɪə(r)] / US [kəˈrɪr] noun [countable]
Word forms "career":
singular career plural careers
a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in

Choosing a career can be a very difficult decision.

the problems of combining a career and a family

career in:

a career in computer science

career as:

He has just started out on a career as a photographer.

academic/political/managerial etc career:

Rosen had decided on an academic career.

pursue/embark on/follow a career:

Only 20 per cent of the students intend to pursue careers as engineers in industry.

make a career out of something:

young graduates looking to make a career out of teaching

end/ruin someone's career:

the financial scandal that ruined her career

a chequered career (= sometimes successful and sometimes not):

an entrepreneur with a rather chequered career

a distinguished/successful/glittering career:

He subsequently enjoyed a distinguished career in the diplomatic service.

a) the time when a sports player, entertainer, or artist is active or working

the biggest fight of his career

She played more than 800 games in a career spanning 20 years.

someone's playing/acting career:

the injury that ended his playing career

launch a/your etc career:

The 25-year-old actress is now launching her career over here.

the peak/height of someone's career:

In 1999 Mackay was at the peak of her show business career.

b) [only before noun] connected with someone's career

a good career choice

He felt like a career change and went into teaching.

a job with excellent career prospects

Adjectives frequently used with career
▪  brilliant, chequered, distinguished, glittering, promising, successful, varied

a good/smart/clever career move — an action or change of job that helps you to be successful in your career

Insulting the boss's daughter was not a good career move.

make a career out of (doing) something — to do something regularly, often something wrong or silly, so that you get a reputation for it

My brother seems to be making a career out of upsetting people.


II UK [kəˈrɪə(r)] / US [kəˈrɪr] adjective [only before noun]
a career politician, soldier, teacher etc wants to be in their profession for a long time and to achieve success or power in it

III UK [kəˈrɪə(r)] / US [kəˈrɪr] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "career":
present tense I/you/we/they career he/she/it careers present participle careering past tense careered past participle careered
1) to move forwards very quickly in an uncontrolled way
career into/along/down etc:

The driver lost control and careered into a tree.

2) to be in a situation that you cannot control because things are happening so quickly

The economy is in danger of careering out of control.

English dictionary. 2014.

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