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vocation

[voh-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling.
  2. a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career.
  3. a divine call to God's service or to the Christian life.
  4. a function or station in life to which one is called by God: the religious vocation; the vocation of marriage.
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Origin of vocation

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 confusedavocation vocationvacation vocation

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1. employment, pursuit.
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vocation

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin vocātiō a calling, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for vocation

n.

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.

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