vo·​ca·​tion·​al | \ vō-ˈkā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl How to pronounce vocational (audio) \

Definition of vocational

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with a vocation
2 : of, relating to, or undergoing training in a skill or trade to be pursued as a career a vocational school vocational students

Other Words from vocational

vocationally adverb

Examples of vocational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China has denied these allegations and insisted its actions in Xinjiang are part of a vocational training and counterterrorism scheme. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Early identification and treatment of depression/anxiety through a public health entry point of service to improve health and vocational trajectories across the life span for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 29 Dec. 2021 According to a number of studies, their vocational and degree programs offer less in the way of career-opportunity benefit than public and nonprofit institutions do. James Lardner, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Karen Hollant worked as a vocational training manager at American School for the Deaf in West Hartford. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 9 Dec. 2021 What is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Dabancheng in China's Xinjiang Province in 2018. NBC News, 9 Dec. 2021 The legislation addresses three key priorities for the chamber: bolstering the unemployment fund, expanding workforce training, and opening up more slots at vocational-technical high schools for students. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Its vaunted vocational system, with strict certifications and at-work training, is increasingly short-handed. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The 20-year lease agreement with CMSD, part of the deal approved Monday, will allow the district to use up to six classrooms and other ancillary spaces for a public safety youth vocational program aimed at upper-classmen. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of vocational

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vocational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocational. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of vocational

: relating to the special skills, training, etc., that you need for a particular job or occupation


vo·​ca·​tion·​al | \ vō-ˈkā-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce vocational (audio) \

Kids Definition of vocational

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with an occupation vocational opportunities
2 : relating to or providing training in a skill or trade to be pursued as a career a vocational school

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