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calling

[kaw-ling] /ˈkɔ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that calls.
2.
vocation, profession, or trade:
What is your calling?
3.
a call or summons:
He had a calling to join the church.
4.
a strong impulse or inclination:
She did it in response to an inner calling.
5.
a convocation:
the calling of Congress.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see call, -ing1
Synonyms
2. mission, province, forte, specialty, field.
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British Dictionary definitions for callings

calling

/ˈkɔːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a strong inner urge to follow an occupation, etc; vocation
2.
an occupation, profession, or trade
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Word Origin and History for callings

calling

n.

"vocation," mid-13c., verbal noun from call (v.). The sense traces to I Cor. vii:20.

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callings in the Bible

a profession, or as we usually say, a vocation (1 Cor. 7:20). The "hope of your calling" in Eph. 4:4 is the hope resulting from your being called into the kingdom of God.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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