calling

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noun call·ing \ˈkȯ-liŋ\

Definition of calling

  1. 1 :  a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence

  2. 2 :  the vocation or profession in which one customarily engages

  3. 3 :  the characteristic cry of a female cat in heat; also :  the period of heat

Examples of calling in a sentence

  1. He had always felt a calling to help others.

  2. He experienced a calling to enter the priesthood.

13th Century

First Known Use of calling

13th century

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

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noun call·ing \ˈkȯ-liŋ\

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

calling

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noun call·ing \ˈkȯ-liŋ\

Definition of calling for Students

  1. :  a profession especially that a person feels strongly about <Teaching was his true calling.>


Medical Dictionary

calling

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noun call·ing \ˈkȯ-liŋ\

Medical Definition of calling

  1. :  the characteristic cry of a female cat in heat; also :  the period of heat



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