What does vocation mean?

Definitions for vocation
voʊˈkeɪ ʃənvo·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. career, calling, vocationnoun

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  2. occupational group, vocationnoun

    a body of people doing the same kind of work


  1. vocationnoun

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

  2. vocationnoun

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

  3. Etymology: From Latin vocatio via Old French.


  1. Vocation

    A vocation (from Latin vocatio 'a call, summons') is an occupation to which a person is especially drawn or for which they are suited, trained, or qualified. People can be given information about a new occupation through student orientation. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meanings of the term originated in Christianity.


  1. vocation

    A vocation is a strong inclination or calling toward a specific occupation or career, often linked with one's talents, passions, and sense of purpose. This term can also refer to the occupation itself, especially when it involves a significant amount of training or a formal qualification process. In religious context, a vocation can mean a divine call to undertake a certain career or service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vocationnoun

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

  2. Vocationnoun

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

  3. Vocationnoun

    a calling by the will of God

  4. Vocationnoun

    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. Vocationnoun

    a call to special religious work, as to the ministry

  6. Etymology: [L. vocatio a bidding, invitation, fr. vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocation. See Vocal.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vocation

    vō-kā′shun, n. call or act of calling: calling: occupation.—adj. Vocā′tional.—adv. Vocā′tionally. [L. vocatiovocāre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vocation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vocation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of vocation in a Sentence

  1. Henry Stern:

    Teachers are the original job creators. The teaching profession is critical to California’s economic success and impacts every vocation and profession in the state, sB 807 addresses the immediate teacher shortage and sends a loud and clear message across the state and nation : California values teachers. We will help train you and we want you to stay in the classroom.

  2. Jean Rostand:

    The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.

  3. The Pope:

    Some congregations experiment with 'artificial insemination.' What do they do? They welcome... 'Yes come, come, come'. And then there are problems, no. We must be serious about who we take. We must clearly distinguish if it is a real vocation, and help it to grow.

  4. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

    If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.

  5. Mark Hutchinson:

    Vocation has overhauled its quality and compliance processes and it now has a viable ongoing business with a focused revenue stream.

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