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Career Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    career n
  1. the particular occupation for which you are trained [syn: calling, vocation]
  2. the general progression of your working or professional life; "the general had had a distinguished career"; "he had a long career in the law" [syn: life history] v : move headlong at high speed; "The cars careered down the road"; "The mob careered through the streets"
Career Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Career \Ca*reer"\, n. [F. carri[`e]re race course, high road, street, fr. L. carrus wagon. See Car.]
  1. A race course: the ground run over. To go back again the same career. --Sir P. Sidney.
  2. A running; full speed; a rapid course. When a horse is running in his full career. --Wilkins.
  3. 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; as, Washington's career as a soldier. An impartial view of his whole career. --Macaulay.
  4. (Falconry) The flight of a hawk.
Career Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Career \Ca*reer"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Careered 3; p. pr. & vb. n. Careering] To move or run rapidly. areering gayly over the curling waves. --W. Irving.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Career'

Career is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as an individual's "course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)". It is usually considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education).

The etymology of the term comes from the Latin word carrera, which means race (as in "rat race", see Careerism).

By the late 20th century a plethora of choices (especially in the range of potential professions) and more widespread education had allowed it to become possible to plan (or design) a career: in this respect the careers of the career counselor and of the career advisor have grown up. It is also not uncommon for adults in the late 20th/early 21st centuries to have dual or multiple careers, either sequentially or concurrently. Thus, professional identities have become hyphenated or hybridized to reflect this shift in work ethic. Economist Richard Florida notes this trend generally and more specifically among the "creative class".

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* Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it - his mind, his body, his heart - what's life worth to him - Vince Lombardi

* It is my settled opinion, after some years as a political correspondent, that no one is attracted to a political career in the first place unless he is socially or emotionally crippled. - F. F. Bosworth

* Last night's homer was Willie Stargell's 399th career home run, leaving him one shy of 500. - Jerry Coleman

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