View synonyms for calling


[ kaw-ling ]


  1. the act of a person or thing that calls.
  2. vocation, profession, or trade:

    What is your calling?

    Synonyms: field, specialty, forte, province, mission

  3. a call or summons:

    He had a calling to join the church.

  4. a strong impulse or inclination:

    She did it in response to an inner calling.

  5. a convocation:

    the calling of Congress.


/ ˈkɔːlɪŋ /


  1. a strong inner urge to follow an occupation, etc; vocation
  2. an occupation, profession, or trade

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Word History and Origins

Origin of calling1

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; call, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

It quickly became the family’s top moneymaker, and Peter Carlino sensed he’d found his calling.

From Fortune

Here you have a guy whose calling card is consistency working for a guy whose calling card is inconsistency.

With Portal support, Zoom users will be able to host a video call with up to 25 people on the screen, while leveraging the device’s high-fidelity sound and its AI-powered Smart Camera for hands-free calling, says Facebook.

Hall "has set up terminals in areas that were burned severely to provide evacuated families with wireless calling and Internet access to file insurance claims," CNBC wrote.

After months of calling, writing, and protesting, the city’s restaurant owners finally have an outdoor dining plan

From Eater

However much we gossip about heterosexual couples with large age gaps, we at least refrain from calling them sex offenders.

Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.

The last band I was in was kind of a Sonic Youth rip-off band, and I thought that that was my calling.

Reviews have been outstanding, with many film critics calling it one of the best films of the year.

He might even stand up for these rookies he was now calling children of God.

Outsiders lack adequate motives for sending the notes home; issuers lack adequate motives for calling them home.

Uncle Harry took him for walks and consoled him with rough tenderness, never calling him Black Sheep.

Do not heed the Governor-Generalʼs decree, calling you to arms, even though it cost you your lives.

The French adopt the same derivation, calling it "asbeste" (minèral filamenteux et incombustible).

You can then test yourself on the work by calling to mind whatever you have thus cemented together.


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