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.
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Synonym Discussion of calling
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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