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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How to use vocation in a sentence
Over the course of three deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, during which she flew 89 combat missions and then served as “a ground-based problem solver,” McGrath had to reckon with the violent nature of her vocation.After breaking military barriers, Amy McGrath came to question the mission | Elizabeth Samet | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
For the few women who were in athletics, sports were seen as more a hobby than a vocation.
The Jameses say that of all the vocations they’ve studied, professional athletes are among the most enthusiastic about sleep and even napping.
Though he eventually lost the girl, he gained a vocation, and, in 2009, at the age of 20, he joined American Medical Response.
Unfortunately the church has routinely forgotten its vocation.What is the Point of Celebrating Easter During a Pandemic? | N.T. Wright | April 2, 2021 | Time
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.
It was only once he directed and starred in his own short film that he decided to pursue acting as a vocation.
He was highly esteemed in the fashion world, but his real vocation was fulfilled in the evening hours.When Downtown Was Cool: Mario Batali, Simon Doonan, Wynton Marsalis Remember the Good Old Days | The Daily Beast | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
History has no shortage of vocation-induced tragi-ironic deaths.
In short, this Austin native needs to make some hard decisions about his vocation.
And everything else is certainly in keeping with our dwelling and our vocation in life, that is, poverty.
We engaged an experienced hack-driver, who combined with his vocation the qualities of a well informed guide as well.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Has it never occurred to you, my dear Miss Warrender, that it might be your vocation, your natural aim in life.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A divinity presided over bakers, another over ovens,--every vocation and every household transaction had its presiding deities.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Another and more serious question for the clergyman is that of the vocation in life of those who are weak mentally.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
British Dictionary definitions for vocation
a specified occupation, profession, or trade
a special urge, inclination, or predisposition to a particular calling or career, esp a religious one
such a calling or career
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