from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A regular occupation, especially one for which a person is particularly suited or qualified.
- n. An inclination, as if in response to a summons, to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; a calling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; often in response to a perceived summons; a calling.
- n. An occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession.
- n. Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession.
- n. A calling by the will of God.
- n. The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation.
- n. A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A calling or designation to a particular activity, office, or duty; a summons; a call; in theology, a call, under God's guidance, to the Christian life or some special state, service, or ministry.
- n. Employment; occupation; avocation; calling; business; trade: including professions as well as mechanical occupations. See avocation, 5.
- n. Synonyms Calling, Business, etc. See occupation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the particular occupation for which you are trained
- n. a body of people doing the same kind of work
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, your vocation is as timely as ever, and your mission as monks is indispensable.
Intrinsic to their vocation is an inevitable rendezvous with non-literary expectations.
At present your vocation is to be a good little daughter.
Ramon had wanted to join the Army; but every time he referred to what he called his vocation, his father would fly into a rage.
Her sense of vocation is such that you would believe the slip; some teachers, maybe, are born outstanding.
As writers, our vocation is to heal others and ourselves through our words.
The contemplation of the pastoral vocation is changing my reading.
Similarly, when the poor do not believe that they have anything to contribute, or that they cannot be productive, their understanding of their vocation is distorted as well.
It's the semi-Zen quandary you're forced to consider any time the vortex of your vocation is (a) getting free albums, (b) playing these albums in an empty room, (c) thinking about what these albums remind you of, and (d) writing something that vaguely resembles an argument for why said albums is relevant or uncool.
What happens when a trained killer discovers that his true vocation is love?