Definition of vocation in English:

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Pronunciation: /vōˈkāSH(ə)n/


1A strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation: not all of us have a vocation to be nurses or doctors
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  • Marty perceives his mentoring not as a career but as a vocation and a faith commitment.
  • And I think at that time my vocation became very strong.
  • The newspaper has a new astrologer and he found his vocation following careers in the Royal Navy, hotels and catering.
calling, life's work, mission, purpose, function;
profession, occupation, career, job, employment, trade, craft, business, line, line of work, métier
1.1A person’s employment or main occupation, especially regarded as particularly worthy and requiring great dedication: her vocation as a poet
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  • She was also a teacher in inner city London - a vocation which requires real dedication.
  • The teacher does not hold the prospect of wealth but is accorded respect for his vocation and dedication to the care of the young.
  • Management is a calling, a vocation that requires knowledge and passion, but also patience.
1.2A trade or profession.
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  • To fit in society well, a youth has to learn a skill, vocation, profession or trade for him or her to become a responsible citizen in the community.
  • Children were sent to college and frequently went on to pursue professional vocations, such as law, education, or medicine.
  • This behavior is a quick turnoff to professionals who value their vocation and what they have to offer.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin vocatio(n-), from vocare 'to call'.

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Syllabification: vo·ca·tion

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