vocation

[ voh-key-shuhn ]
/ voʊˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

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.

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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vocation

1. avocation, vocation 2. vacation, vocation
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British Dictionary definitions for vocation

vocation
/ (vəʊˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

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 for vocation

C15: from Latin vocātiō a calling, from vocāre to call
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