an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework:
He sought a career as a lawyer.
a person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking:
His career as a soldier ended with the armistice.
success in a profession, occupation, etc.
a course, especially a swift one.
speed, especially full speed:
The horse stumbled in full career.
Archaic. a charge at full speed.
to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
having or following a career; professional:
a career diplomat.
But his cries were borne off by the fierce winds, and the ship as it careered madly before the blast was soon out of hearing.
Cord and Creese James de Mille
Now she was a pace in front, now they careered onward neck and neck.
Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine Lewis Spence
The beast had careered across a field, leapt a hedge and come upon its victim suddenly.
The Research Magnificent H. G. Wells
Wildly they careered and brought the heat of midday into far regions of the Heavens that were unused to its untempered rays.
Half a Hundred Hero Tales Various
Spot, released from his leash, careered about like a mad creature.
A harum-scarum schoolgirl Angela Brazil
We careered madly to a steep bank, when I got the upper hands of my antaggernist and threw him into the raveen.
The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
She knelt for Joan to clasp her neck, then tucking her little fat legs under her arms, rose and careered on to the landing.
Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
Coming back, he hoisted his sail, and we careered over in rollicking style.
Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland Daniel Turner Holmes
The last of them, escaping playfully from her grasp, careered across the room and hid itself under a window curtain.
The Divine Fire May Sinclair
It careered over the roofs, with a track that was luminous in the dusk, like a curved sheet of lightning.
A Journal of Impressions in Belgium May Sinclair
a path or progress through life or history
a profession or occupation chosen as one’s life’s work
(modifier) having or following a career as specified: a career diplomat
a course or path, esp a swift or headlong one
(intransitive) to move swiftly along; rush in an uncontrolled way
1530s, “a running (usually at full speed), a course” (especially of the sun, etc., across the sky), from Middle French carriere “road, racecourse” (16c.), from Old Provençal or Italian carriera, from Vulgar Latin *(via) cararia “carriage (road), track for wheeled vehicles,” from Latin carrus “chariot” (see car). Sense of “course of a working life” first attested 1803.
1590s, “to charge at a tournament,” from career (n.). The meaning “move rapidly, run at full speed” (1640s) is from the image of a horse “passing a career” on the jousting field, etc. Related: Careered; careering.
see: checkered career
an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer. a person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking: His career as a soldier ended with the armistice. success in a profession, […]
devotion to a successful career, often at the expense of one’s personal life, ethics, etc. Contemporary Examples When Clay held the world title aloft, Lipsyte saw in the gleam of the belt sports and ’60s social upheaval and his own careerism. On the Peninsula Bryan Curtis April 24, 2011 But the greatest sin of all […]
a person who follows a career. a person who pursues a policy or attitude of careerism. Contemporary Examples In an age when we needed a visionary, he is merely a careerist. Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York Allen Barra September 22, 2013 What I think the book is, is a […]
- Careers adviser
noun a person trained in giving vocational advice, esp in secondary, further, or higher education