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Definition of vocation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a type of work or way of life that you believe is especially suitable for you synonym calling Nursing is not just a job — it's a vocation. She believes that she has found her true vocation in life. You missed your vocation — you should have been an actor. Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirement
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] vocation (for something) a belief that a particular type of work or way of life is especially suitable for you He has a vocation for teaching. She is a doctor with a strong sense of vocation.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a belief that you have been chosen by God to be a priest or nun a vocation to the priesthood
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: vocation