Work : Social activity defined by its object, its techniques, etc.: What does it do? Profession characterized by a specificity requiring an apprenticeship, experience, etc., and falling within a legal framework: We leave universities without a profession. Technical skill provided by the practice, experience of a professional activity: To have the trade after twenty years of presence in the factory. Permanent function possessing certain characteristics of a profession (practice, experience, responsibility, etc.): The occupation of mother, spouse.