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

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Other Words from vocational

vocationally adverb

Examples of vocational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her father taught automotive mechanics at a vocational school and spent long periods in the hospital for treatment for his severe asthma. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Joyce Wallace, physician who catered with compassion to prostitutes, dies at 79," 30 Oct. 2020 Her father, Samuel Malakoff, was a teacher at a vocational high school. New York Times, "Dr. Joyce Wallace, Pioneering AIDS Physician, Dies at 79," 27 Oct. 2020 One employee at the vocational school was also required to quarantine, as were 10 students and six employees at other Little Rock schools. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Case increase is third-largest at 1,202," 23 Oct. 2020 Put together parole packets — basically job applications for freedom: letters of recommendation and support from family and friends; copies of certificates attesting to vocational training; the record of college credits. New York Times, "Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me," 20 Oct. 2020 Those with shorter stays were placed at the bottom of long waiting lists for vocational training and other programs, which gave priority to inmates who had more time to successfully complete the curriculums, Smith said. Washington Post, "Communities and companies made money off George Floyd’s imprisonment. Inside, Floyd withered.," 19 Oct. 2020 The Re-Entry Program, for example, focuses on providing participants mentoring and vocational training. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Q&A with District Attorney Warren Montgomery and challenger Vincent Wynne," 13 Oct. 2020 Education, including vocational training, is the best way to provide social mobility and equity. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 7 — Jamin Burton," 3 Oct. 2020 Campa-Najjar emphasized the role the federal government could play in funding additional mental health services and vocational training. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Issa, Campa-Najjar talk healthcare, homelessness and pandemic response during 50th District debate," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of vocational

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2020

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“Vocational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocational. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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