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Definition 1: someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime - [noun denoting person]

(amateur is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of amateur ) a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats

(... is a kind of amateur ) an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

(... is a kind of amateur ) a person who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure

Definition 2: an athlete who does not play for pay - [noun denoting person]

(amateur is a kind of ...) a person trained to compete in sports

(... is a kind of amateur ) someone who enjoys outdoor activities

Definition 3: engaged in as a pastime - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where amateur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an amateur painter
  • gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals
  • recreational golfers
  • reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating
  • unpaid extras in the documentary

Synonyms for amateur in the sense of this definition

(amateur is similar to ...) not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain

"the nonprofessional wives of his male colleagues" "nonprofessional actors"

Definition 4: lacking professional skill or expertise - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where amateur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a very amateurish job
  • inexpert but conscientious efforts
  • an unskilled painting

Synonyms for amateur in the sense of this definition

(amateur is similar to ...) not characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession

"described in unprofessional language so that high school students could understand it" "was censured for unprofessional conduct" "unprofessional repairs"

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