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vo·ca·tion

 (vō-kā′shən)
n.
1. A regular occupation, especially one for which a person is particularly suited or qualified.
2.
a. An inclination or aptness for a certain kind of work: a vocation for medicine.
b. Theology A calling of an individual by God, especially for a religious career.

[Middle English vocacioun, divine call to a religious life, from Old French vocation, from Latin vocātiō, vocātiōn-, a calling, from vocātus, past participle of vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]

vocation

(vəʊˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. a specified occupation, profession, or trade
2.
a. a special urge, inclination, or predisposition to a particular calling or career, esp a religious one
b. such a calling or career
[C15: from Latin vocātiō a calling, from vocāre to call]

vo•ca•tion

(voʊˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling.
2. a strong inclination to follow a particular activity or career.
3. a divine call to a religious life.
4. a function or station, esp. a religious life, to which one is called by God.
[1400–50; < Latin vocātiō a call, summons =vocā(re) to call + -tiō -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vocation - the particular occupation for which you are trainedvocation - the particular occupation for which you are trained
job, line of work, occupation, business, line - the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
specialism, specialization, specialty, speciality, specialisation - the special line of work you have adopted as your career; "his specialization is gastroenterology"
lifework - the principal work of your career
walk of life, walk - careers in general; "it happens in all walks of life"
business life, professional life - a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
2.vocation - a body of people doing the same kind of work
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
profession - the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession"; "they formed a community of scientists"
press corps - a group of journalists representing different publications who all cover the same topics; "the White House press corps"

vocation

noun profession, calling, job, business, office, trade, role, post, career, mission, employment, pursuit, life work, métier the levels of knowledge and skill required for success in many vocations
Quotations
"Many are called, but few are chosen" Bible: St. Matthew

vocation

noun
1. Activity pursued as a livelihood:
Slang: racket.
Archaic: employ.
2. An inner urge to pursue an activity or perform a service:
Translations
دَعْوَة إلى الكَهْنوت، نِداءوَظيفَه، مِهْنَه
poslánípovolání
kald
ammatti
elhivatottság
köllunköllun; starfsgrein, fag
天職
aicinājumsnodarbošanāsprofesija
poslanstvo
meslekyatkınlıkyetenek

vocation

[vəʊˈkeɪʃən] N (= calling) → vocación f; (= profession) → profesión f, carrera f
to have a vocation for arttener vocación por el arte
he has missed his vocationse ha equivocado de carrera

vocation

[vəʊˈkeɪʃən] nvocation f
to find one's vocation → trouver sa vocation

vocation

n
(Rel etc) → Berufung f; (form: = profession) → Beruf m; to have a vocation for teachingzum Lehrer berufen sein
(= aptitude)Begabung f, → Talent nt

vocation

[vəʊˈkeɪʃn] nvocazione f
to have a vocation for teaching → avere la vocazione dell'insegnamento

vocation

(vəˈkeiʃən) , ((American) vou-) noun
1. a feeling of having been called (by God), or born etc, to do a particular type of work. He had a sense of vocation about his work as a doctor.
2. the work done, profession entered etc (as a result of such a feeling). Nursing is her vocation; Many people regard teaching as a vocation.

vocation

n. vocación, profesión.
References in classic literature ?
To be an enthusiast had become her social vocation and, sometimes even when she did not feel like it, she became enthusiastic in order not to disappoint the expectations of those who knew her.
de Chevreuse, who told it to two or three of her intimates, that, yielding to his vocation, he had retired into a convent--only into which, nobody knew.
There was something severe in his aspect, and a rigidity throughout his person, characteristics that caused him generally to be taken for a school-master, which vocation, in fact, he had formerly exercised for several years.
We hear enough, and more than enough, of persons who successfully cultivate the Arts--of the remarkable manner in which fitness for their vocation shows itself in early life, of the obstacles which family prejudice places in their way, and of the unremitting devotion which has led to the achievement of glorious results.
But he went on explaining his own idea that the Russian laborer has a quite special view of the land, different from that of other people; and to support this proposition he made haste to add that in his opinion this attitude of the Russian peasant was due to the consciousness of his vocation to people vast unoccupied expanses in the East.
Pleasing myself with the idea that the supposition might in part arise out of some ingenuity in the story, and thinking it worth while, in the interests of art, to hint to an audience that an artist (of whatever denomination) may perhaps be trusted to know what he is about in his vocation, if they will concede him a little patience, I was not alarmed by the anticipation.
If your vocation be shoeing horses, or painting pictures, and you can do one or the other better than your fellows, then you are a fool if you are not proud of your ability.
I applied it to him with the deliberate conviction that his vocation in life was the vocation of a spy.
He answered, to go to sea again, in his old vocation.
Elsewhere in this volume the slanderous aspersion has been disproved, that the vocation of whaling is throughout a slatternly, untidy business.
At the present moment I feel a magnificent vocation for that profession.
Three seconds after reading the letter of the honourable Secretary of Marine, I felt that my true vocation, the sole end of my life, was to chase this disturbing monster and purge it from the world.