vo·ca·tion·al | \vō-ˈkā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\

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

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Other Words from vocational

vocationally adverb

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The elimination of early tracking into training and vocational programs has been a disaster. Amy Chance, sacbee, "'Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy," 2 July 2018 Many vocational programs across the country are trapped in the 1960s and ’70s. New York Times, "What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities?," 5 June 2018 Kennedy is executive director at PSCA’s Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, launched last year as the nation’s first professional-level vocational circus program. Shaun Brady, Philly.com, "Philly is suddenly full of circus options, including a daring new 5-day festival," 23 May 2018 Lloyd pointed out his years of experience working at campuses and developing vocational programs. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Murphy, Carbonne elected to Pearland ISD board," 5 May 2018 The documents are needed so people can work obtain housing, vote,get medical assistance and attend school, college or vocational programs. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County provides funds to help people obtain identication documents," 24 Apr. 2018 Some parents are pulling their children from the religious schools and sending them to private ones, or settling unhappily for technical and vocational schools. New York Times, "Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey," 18 June 2018 Likewise, going to a local technical or vocational school for car services might save your bank account. refinery29.com, "5 Things To Do When You're Hit With An Unexpected Expense," 7 June 2018 Hickman is an educator and healthcare professional who lists her priorities as developing vocational and technical education programs, developing job-creating programs and including employment and entrepreneurship skills in job programs. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Maria Senour faces two challengers in SDCCD race," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of vocational

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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