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Topic: OCCUPATIONS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: vocatio 'call, summons', from vocare 'to call'

vocation

noun
     
vo‧ca‧tion [uncountable and countable]
1
a) the feeling that the purpose of your life is to do a particular type of work, especially because it allows you to help other people
You missed your vocation (=you would have been good at a particular job).
b) a particular type of work that you feel is right for you:
At 17 she found her true vocation as a writer.
2BO a strong belief that you have been chosen by God to be a priest or a nun
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