1 employment, occupation, calling, vocation, pursuit, (life's) work, job, business, livelihood; profession, trade, craft, métier:
She has made a career out of helping others. He is undecided whether to pursue a career in accountancy.
2 speed, race, rush, dash, fly, tear, hurtle, bolt, shoot, Colloq zoom:
A bicycle came careering around the corner and knocked him down.
1 series of jobs that a person has
long | brief, short | brilliant, distinguished, glittering, good, great, successful
He had a distinguished career as a diplomat.
| promising | flagging
He did a film for Hollywood to boost his flagging career.
She achieved a lot in her chosen career.
| academic, acting, diplomatic, literary, medical, military, musical, political, sporting, teaching | playing, professional, recording, stage
the album that launched his recording career
VERB + CAREER
build, carve out, have, make, pursue
He made a good career for himself in football. She pursued a successful career in medicine.
| begin, embark on, launch, start (out on)
young actors just starting out on their careers
| boost | abandon, give up | cut short, end, ruin, wreck
a car crash which wrecked his career
| resume | change
CAREER + VERB
last sth, span sth
Her stage career spans sixty years.
| start, take off | be over, end
CAREER + NOUN
careers advice/guidance/information, careers adviser/officer, careers service | break
a career break to have children
| advancement, development, ladder, path, progression
a move higher up the career ladder
| choice, move
a smart career move
| opportunities, prospects, structure
The profession has no clear career structure.
| civil servant, diplomat, soldier | girl, woman
during/throughout your ~
She won many awards during her acting career.
| ~ in
a career in computers
| ~ with
a brilliant career with the Royal Ballet
the peak/height of your career
She was at the peak of her playing career when she injured herself.
| a change of career
2 period of your life spent working/doing sth
chequered, colourful, turbulent, varied
He has had a somewhat chequered career.
| school, working
She started her working career as a waitress.
VERB + CAREER
A sudden gust caught her hat and sent it careering wildly down the road.
children careering around the playground
down, into, off, through
The lorry careered off the road and hit a tree.
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