Pronunciation: (ku-rēr'),[key] —n. 1. an occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer. 2. 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. 3. success in a profession, occupation, etc.
4. a course, esp. a swift one.
5. speed, esp. full speed: The horse stumbled in full career. 6. Archaic.a charge at full speed.
—v.i. to run or move rapidly along; go at full speed.
—adj. having or following a career; professional: a career diplomat.