Definitions for vocationvoʊˈkeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vo•ca•tionvoʊˈkeɪ 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.

    Category: Religion

  4. a function or station, esp. a religious life, to which one is called by God.

    Category: Religion

Origin of vocation:

1400–50; < L vocātiō a call, summons =vocā(re) to call +-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. career, calling, vocation(noun)

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  2. occupational group, vocation(noun)

    a body of people doing the same kind of work


  1. vocation(Noun)

    an inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; often in response to a perceived summons; a calling

  2. vocation(Noun)

    an occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified

  3. Origin: From Latin vocatio via Old French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vocation(noun)

    a call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession

  2. Vocation(noun)

    destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession

  3. Vocation(noun)

    a calling by the will of God

  4. Vocation(noun)

    the bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as, the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel

  5. Vocation(noun)

    a call to special religious work, as to the ministry


  1. Vocation

    A vocation is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meanings of the term originated in Christianity.

Translations for vocation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


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.

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