Definitions for: Vocation


[n] the particular occupation for which you are trained
[n] a body of people doing the same kind of work



Webster (1913) Definition: Vo*ca"tion, n. [L. vocatio a bidding, invitation, fr.
vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocation. See
Vocal.]
1. A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation
or appointment to a particular state, business, or
profession.

What can be urged for them who not having the
vocation of poverty to scribble, out of mere
wantonness make themselves ridiculous? --Dryden.

2. Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation;
trade; business; profession.

He would think his service greatly rewarded, if he
might obtain by that means to live in the sight of
his prince, and yet practice his own chosen
vocation. --Sir. P.
Sidney.

3. (Theol.) A calling by the will of God. Specifically:
(a) 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; as, the vocation of the
Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles
under the gospel. ``The golden chain of vocation,
election, and justification.'' --Jer. Taylor.
(b) A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.

Every member of the same [the Church], in his
vocation and ministry. --Bk. of Com.
Prayer.

Synonyms: calling, career, occupational group

See Also: body, business, business life, community, job, lifework, line, line of work, occupation, profession, professional life, specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty, walk, walk of life

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