- 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.
Origin of vocation
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Examples from the Web for vocation
“The golden age of Parisian smiles nurtured, and was nurtured by, the rise of dentistry as a vocation,” writes Jones.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
It was only once he directed and starred in his own short film that he decided to pursue acting as a vocation.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
In short, this Austin native needs to make some hard decisions about his vocation.Do Blues Musicians Need to be Really, Really Old?
September 22, 2013
“A lot of new members have a sense of public service as vocation,” he says.America’s Catholic Moment, and Its New Breed of Catholic Politicians
Michael Sean Winters
March 19, 2013
Telling people only what they want to hear has become a vocation.Defining the Echo Chamber
January 16, 2013
But he has lit upon his vocation at last—he is a born pudding-maker.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
My present vocation pays well; in fact, I am beginning to lay by.Night and Morning, Complete
He is fitted for his vocation; he has watched all night by his armor.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Unless you consider it your vocation to be a wealthy American.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
She opened her school with thirty scholars and found out her vocation.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
- 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
Word Origin and History for vocation
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.