a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling.
a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career.
a divine call to God's service or to the Christian life.
a function or station in life to which one is called by God: the religious vocation; the vocation of marriage.

1400–50; late Middle English vocacio(u)n < Latin vocātiōn- (stem of vocātiō) a call, summons, equivalent to vocāt(us) past participle of vocāre to call (see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

1. avocation, vocation ; 2. vacation, vocation.

1. employment, pursuit.
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vocation (vəʊˈkeɪʃən)
1.  a specified occupation, profession, or trade
2.  a.  a special urge, inclination, or predisposition to a particular calling or career, esp a religious one
 b.  such a calling or career
[C15: from Latin vocātiō a calling, from vocāre to call]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "spiritual calling," from L. vocationem (nom. vocatio), lit. "a calling," from vocatus "called," pp. of vocare "to call" (see voice). Sense of "one's occupation or profession" is first attested 1550s.
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Example sentences
Business people and schoolteachers build their vocations around words.
Many athletes seem perfectly willing to bear the risks of long-term effects on
  their health as a result of their vocations.
But in a land that used to export priests and nuns to the world, vocations have
  dried up.
The natural propensities of all human beings are easily influenced by their
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