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.
Remember when we all thought Miley Cyrus careering head first towards rock bottom just because she twerked?
The Epic Justin Bieber Meltdown May Be the Most Worrisome One Yet Kevin Fallon January 22, 2014
A few of the horses stood quietly beside their dead owners, the rest were careering wildly over the plain.
Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
Away they went once more, careering through the gathering darkness.
Robert Falconer George MacDonald
In another temple monkeys are revered too, careering about the walls and courtyards and being fed by the curious and the devout.
Roving East and Roving West E. V. Lucas
For the poet is, on his monoplane, careering over the heart of Italy.
Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
Black midnight came, and the careering tempest swept the deluged streets of Zempoalla, driving even the sentinels to seek shelter.
Hernando Cortez John S. C. Abbott
They were careering through the valley, all in a confused and disorderly band.
The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
Old Ali Atar was careering about the valley with his usual impatience, hurrying the march of the loitering troops.
Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada Washington Irving
He is careering about; I feel that I am trembling like a leaf.
Mr. Punch With Rod and Gun Various
careering about the place, dragging behind him a board to which he had been tied and was unable to dislodge.
Dorothy at Oak Knowe Evelyn Raymond
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
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
- Careers master
noun a male teacher who gives pupils advice and information about careers