Definition of calling
1 : a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence
2 : the vocation or profession in which one customarily engages
3 : the characteristic cry of a female cat in heat; also : the period of heat
Examples of calling in a sentence
He had always felt a calling to help others.
He experienced a calling to enter the priesthood.
First Known Use of calling
Synonym Discussion of calling
work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not <her work as a hospital volunteer>. employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer <your employment with this firm is hereby terminated>. occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training <his occupation as a trained auto mechanic>. calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession <the ministry seemed my true calling>. pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest <her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit>. métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted <acting was my one and only métier>. business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs <the business of managing a hotel>.
CALLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of calling for English Language Learners
: 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
CALLING Defined for Kids
Definition of calling for Students
: a profession especially that a person feels strongly about <Teaching was his true calling.>
Medical Definition of calling
: the characteristic cry of a female cat in heat; also : the period of heat
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