I. noun Etymology: Middle French carriere, from Old Occitan carriera street, from Medieval Latin carraria road for vehicles, from Latin carrus car Date: circa 1534 1. a. speed in a course <
ran at full career
b. course, passage 2. encounter, charge 3. a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life <
Washington's career as a soldier
4. a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling <
a career in medicine
a career diplomat
II. intransitive verb Date: 1647 to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner <
a car careered off the road

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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