Unless you can find someone to pay you to sip fancy tropical drinks on the beach, your vocation is not likely to be a vacation. Rather, the word means something you know how to do––or what you do for a living.

The word vocation derives from the Latin vocare "to call." To become a priest, you need to feel that you have been "called" to the ministry directly by God. Their job is their calling, or vocation. An avocation is something you do because you love it. Everyone should make it their goal to have their avocation become their vocation.

Definitions of vocation

n the particular occupation for which you are trained

calling, career
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specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty
the special line of work you have adopted as your career
the principal work of your career
walk, walk of life
careers in general
business life, professional life
a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

n a body of people doing the same kind of work

occupational group
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the body of people in a learned occupation
press corps
a group of journalists representing different publications who all cover the same topics
bar, legal community, legal profession
the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
health profession
the body of individuals whose work helps to maintain the health of their clients
business community, businessmen
the body of individuals who manage businesses
community of scholars
the body of individuals holding advanced academic degrees
economics profession
the body of professional economists
the body of ordained religious practitioners
Type of:
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

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