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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vocationally adverb

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The attack happened in an industrial building housing the vocational programs at the state's flagship prison. Fox News, "Minnesota inmate charged with murder in guard's killing," 3 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, starting in the 1980s, many high schools trimmed or eliminated vocational-education classes, and ramped up academic requirements for graduation, leaving little room on a student’s schedule for anything else. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.," 31 Oct. 2018 In the Xinhua report, Zakir said authorities provide free vocational training in skills geared toward manufacturing, food and service industries. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "China says interning Muslims brings them into ‘modern’ world," 16 Oct. 2018 Chinese officials say the camps are for vocational training, not political re-education. Eva Dou And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China’s Antigraft Campaign Ensnares Top Energy Official, ex-Xinjiang Governor," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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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