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 (sĕm′ē-prə-fĕsh′ə-nəl, sĕm′ī-)
1. Taking part in a sport for pay but not on a full-time basis.
2. Composed of or engaged in by semiprofessional players.
1. A semiprofessional player.
2. One whose occupation or work has some of the characteristics of a profession or of a professional.

sem′i·pro·fes′sion·al·ly adv.
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1. (General Sporting Terms) (of a person) engaged in an activity or sport part-time but for pay
2. (General Sporting Terms) (of an activity or sport) engaged in by semiprofessional people
3. of or relating to a person whose activities are professional in some respects: a semiprofessional pianist.
a semiprofessional person
ˌsemiproˈfessionally adv
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(ˌsɛm i prəˈfɛʃ ə nl, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

1. actively engaged in some field for pay but on a part-time basis: semiprofessional ball players.
2. engaged in by semiprofessional people: semiprofessional football.
3. a person who is semiprofessional.
sem`i•pro•fes′sion•al•ly, adv.
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Noun1.semiprofessional - an athlete who plays for pay on a part-time basis
pro, professional - an athlete who plays for pay
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Debbie has been back in the UK since February 2012 and worked as a security manager during the Olympic Games and also took up semiprofessional boxing.
Through years of hard work, determination, training and drive she is now playing for Birmingham City Ladies as a semiprofessional and was recently put on standby to play for England U19s in the European Championships in August.
"It's good to be in a kind of environment where even though we are semiprofessional and in National One, we are more like a professional, semiprofessional set up.
After working as an aircraft fire fighter in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, a semiprofessional rugby player in the USA and in leisure centres and gyms around New Zealand, Simon now works from a range of locations including London, Liver pool, Manchester, Birmingham and Denmark.
JACK O'Connor has stated that the time is "fast coming" when intercounty managers will have to go semiprofessional.
Wales have named an 18man squad for a four-nation semiprofessional tournament later this month.
The center of Bengston's Ideal Exhaust, 1961, a kind of target formed by the radiating pipes of a motorcycle exhaust (the artist was a semiprofessional motorcycle racer), is occupied by the exhaust's heat exchangers, literalizing the focal point as the site of maximum intensity.