Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “vocation”

vocation

noun [C or U] uk   /vəʊˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us    /voʊ-/
C2 a type of work that you feel you are suited to doing and to which you should give all your time and energy, or the feeling that a type of work suits you in this way: I feel I've found/missed my true vocation. "We need teachers who regard their profession as a vocation, not just a job," said the Minister. To work in medicine, you should have a vocation for it.
(Definition of vocation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of vocation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “vocation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More