Definition of vocation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//vəʊˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//voʊˈkeɪʃn//
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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. CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on 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 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/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) 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
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin vocatio(n-), from vocare ‘to call’.Extra examples She feels that she missed her vocation by not working with children. She seems to have a vocation for healing. She struggled for years to find her true vocation. They are set on living out their vocation as priests. This is a job that demands a sense of vocation. He is desperate to follow his vocation as an artist. He spoke about his vocation to the priesthood. Nursing is not just a job—it’s a vocation. You missed your vocation —you should have been an actor.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vocation