What does calling mean?

Definitions for calling
ˈkɔ lɪŋcall·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. career, calling, vocationnoun

    the particular occupation for which you are trained


  1. callingnoun

    A strong urge to become religious.

  2. callingnoun

    A job or occupation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Callingnoun

    Etymology: from call.

    If God has interwoven such a pleasure with our ordinary calling, how much superiour must that be, which arises from the survey of a pious life? Surely, as much as christianity is nobler than a trade. South.

    We find ourselves obliged to go on in honest industry in our callings. John Rogers.

    I cannot forbear warning you against endeavouring at wit in your sermons; because many of your calling have made themselves ridiculous by attempting it. Jonathan Swift.

    I left no calling for this idle trade,
    No duty broke, no father disobey’d. Alexander Pope.

    The Gauls found the Roman senators ready to die with honour in their callings. Jonathan Swift.

    It may be a caution to all christian churches and magistrates, not to impose celibacy on whole callings, and great multitudes of men or women, who cannot be supposable to have the gift of continence. Henry Hammond.

    St. Peter was ignorant of the calling of the Gentiles. George Hakewill, on Providence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calling

    of Call

  2. Callingnoun

    the act of one who calls; a crying aloud, esp. in order to summon, or to attact the attention of, some one

  3. Callingnoun

    a summoning or convocation, as of Parliament

  4. Callingnoun

    a divine summons or invitation; also, the state of being divinely called

  5. Callingnoun

    a naming, or inviting; a reading over or reciting in order, or a call of names with a view to obtaining an answer, as in legislative bodies

  6. Callingnoun

    one's usual occupation, or employment; vocation; business; trade

  7. Callingnoun

    the persons, collectively, engaged in any particular professions or employment

  8. Callingnoun

    title; appellation; name

Editors Contribution

  1. callingverb

    Verb form of the word call.

    The number they are calling is accurate and they connected easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2021  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'calling' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2604

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'calling' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2102

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calling in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of calling in a Sentence

  1. Paul DiGiacomo:

    Because there are so many guns on the street, and the policies that are in place with bail reform are not working, the people of this city are unsafe, i'm calling on the governor, the Senate leader and the assembly leader to fix the laws that they broke to keep the people of this city safe.

  2. Dwight L. Moody:

    The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.

  3. Winona Ryder:

    I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. I'm not calling anyone a liar, i'm just saying, it's difficult and upsetting for me to wrap my head around it. Look, it was a long time ago, but we were together for four years, and it was a big relationship for me. Imagine if someone you dated when you were – I was 17 when I met him – was accused of that. It's just shocking. I have never seen him be violent toward a person before.

  4. Gilad Erdan:

    Iran does not try to hide its intention of destroying the world’s only Jewish state. Spreading antisemitism, denying the Holocaust and even proposing legislation calling for Israel’s destruction by the year 2041, how is it possible that the Iranian Parliament proposing to annihilate a member state is not at the top of this council's agenda ?

  5. Christopher Darlington Morley:

    If we all discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to tell them that they loved them.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. tenebrous
    • B. valetudinarian
    • C. inexpiable
    • D. lank

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