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[voh-key-shuh n] /voʊˈkeɪ ʃən/
a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling.
a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career.
a divine call to God's service or to the Christian life.
a function or station in life to which one is called by God:
the religious vocation; the vocation of marriage.
Origin of vocation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English vocacio(u)n < Latin vocātiōn- (stem of vocātiō) a call, summons, equivalent to vocāt(us) past participle of vocāre to call (see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
avocation, vocation.
vacation, vocation.
1. employment, pursuit. Unabridged
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  • Often had he professed his readiness to prove his vocation by fire.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • To discover and declare truth as it is, and facts as they are, is the vocation of the scholar.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • It was simply a change of vocation, and there still remained a market for grain, hay, straw and other produce of the farm.

  • But this woman of whom I have told you knew no vocation and took no vow.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • We shall, in this chapter, discuss the problem of vocation for women under present conditions.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
British Dictionary definitions for vocation


a specified occupation, profession, or trade
  1. a special urge, inclination, or predisposition to a particular calling or career, esp a religious one
  2. such a calling or career
Word Origin
C15: from Latin vocātiō a calling, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for vocation

early 15c., "spiritual calling," from Latin vocationem (nominative vocatio), literally "a calling," from vocatus "called," past participle of vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). Sense of "one's occupation or profession" is first attested 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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