noun \vō-ˈkā-shən\

: a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work (such as religious work)

: the work that a person does or should be doing

Full Definition of VOCATION

a :  a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action; especially :  a divine call to the religious life
b :  an entry into the priesthood or a religious order
a :  the work in which a person is employed :  occupation
b :  the persons engaged in a particular occupation
:  the special function of an individual or group

Examples of VOCATION

  1. This isn't just a job for me; it's a vocation.
  2. people who follow a religious vocation
  3. He never felt a real sense of vocation.
  4. I'm a carpenter by vocation, but my hobby is painting.

Origin of VOCATION

Middle English vocacioun, from Anglo-French vocaciun, from Latin vocation-, vocatio summons, from vocare to call, from vox voice — more at voice
First Known Use: 15th century


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