calling

noun
call·​ing | \ ˈkȯ-liŋ How to pronounce calling (audio) \

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

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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

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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No personal attacks or name-calling, no rude language. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Video: Week 4 high school football predictions," 10 Sep. 2019 My calling is turning around problem departments and companies. Anchorage Daily News, "How not to hire a narcissist," 9 Sep. 2019 While Cabico’s performances have earned him awards at national poetry slams and representation in more than 30 anthologies, poetry wasn’t always his obvious calling. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Why Spoken Word Artist Regie Cabico Calls Himself an ‘Accidental Poet’," 29 July 2019 One day in 2009, when Patrick overheard his 17-year-old son telling friends that reaching North Sentinel was his calling and his mission, Patrick’s heart sank. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 While Iacocca started as an engineer, his true calling was marketing. Brett Smith For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Today we have visionaries like Elon Musk and Mary Barra. But there was only one Lee Iacocca," 4 July 2019 If tanning could be an occupation that would no doubt be my calling. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Big Brother season 21," 17 June 2019 But that’s a separate issue from saying Seattle didn’t adjust its play-calling when behind. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks mailbag: Debating Seattle’s late-game offensive philosophy," 4 Feb. 2019 Behind him, there’s minimal game experience at a position that has been a calling card of this Alabama defense over the past decade. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What Dylan Moses injury means for Alabama, how Nick Saban will respond," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of calling

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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calling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calling

: 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

noun
call·​ing | \ ˈkȯ-liŋ How to pronounce calling (audio) \

Kids Definition of calling

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

calling

noun
call·​ing | \ ˈkȯ-liŋ How to pronounce calling (audio) \

Medical Definition of calling

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

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