vo·​ca·​tion·​al | \ vō-ˈkā-shnəl How to pronounce vocational (audio) , -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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According to The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales called for ways in which young people can help prevent and reduce violence in their communities, such as vocational education. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Tom Hardy Teamed Up to Tackle Youth Violence," 12 Dec. 2018 Those who earn what people usually call vocational and technical degrees have long been viewed as inferior to those who graduate with a series of letters after their names. Virginia Foxx, WSJ, "Stop Calling It ‘Vocational Training’," 31 Dec. 2018 Bernadette puts on a brown dress and gets ready for her vocational training, in a classroom at the Centre. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 At an event in the East Room, Trump told corporate leaders and workers that the nation's students and workers need more opportunities to attain apprenticeships, vocational opportunities and job training. Fox News, "Trump promotes job training as employers search for workers," 19 July 2018 Strategies for Success is a leadership certification program that provides free professional development training to community college and vocational students plus high school seniors. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Business chamber honors nine members for their leadership," 6 July 2018 Administration allies on Capitol Hill say for-profit colleges have an important role to play in a transitioning economy and job market, pointing to rising demands for non-traditional and vocational training. NBC News, "DeVos agenda on higher education is a new front for Democratic resistance," 3 July 2018 In two days in the kingdom, the prince will also tour a vocational training college with links to Britain’s Middlesex University, meet Syrian refugee children and tour the Roman ruins of the Jerash archaeological site. Washington Post, "Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties," 24 June 2018 There are phenomenal vocational jobs with great incomes. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Obama administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Recode Decode," 21 June 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 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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