[ voh-key-shuhn ]
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  1. a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling.

  2. a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career.

  1. a divine call to God's service or to the Christian life.

  2. a function or station in life to which one is called by God: the religious vocation; the vocation of marriage.

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

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/ (vəʊˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. 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

Origin of vocation

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

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