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Meaning of VOCATION

Pronunciation:  vow'keyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the particular occupation for which you are trained
  2. [n]  a body of people doing the same kind of work

VOCATION is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: calling, career, occupational group
 See Also: body, business, business life, community, job, lifework, line, line of work, occupation, profession, professional life, specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty, walk, walk of life



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vo*ca"tion\, n. [L. vocatio a bidding, invitation, fr.
vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocation. See
1. A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation
   or appointment to a particular state, business, or

         What can be urged for them who not having the
         vocation of poverty to scribble, out of mere
         wantonness make themselves ridiculous? --Dryden.

2. Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation;
   trade; business; profession.

         He would think his service greatly rewarded, if he
         might obtain by that means to live in the sight of
         his prince, and yet practice his own chosen
         vocation.                             --Sir. P.

3. (Theol.) A calling by the will of God. Specifically:
   (a) 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. ``The golden chain of vocation,
       election, and justification.'' --Jer. Taylor.
   (b) A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.

             Every member of the same [the Church], in his
             vocation and ministry.            --Bk. of Com.