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Noun calling has 1 sense


  •  The act of one who calls; a crying aloud, esp. in order to summon, or to attact the attention of, some one.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A summoning or convocation, as of Parliament.  [1913 Webster]
    "The frequent calling and meeting of Parlaiment."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A divine summons or invitation; also, the state of being divinely called.  [1913 Webster]
    "Who hath . . . called us with an holy calling."  [1913 Webster]
    "Give diligence to make yior calling . . . sure."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A naming, or inviting; a reading over or reciting in order, or a call of names with a view to obtaining an answer, as in legislative bodies.  [1913 Webster]
  •  One's usual occupation, or employment; vocation; business; trade.  [1913 Webster]
    "The humble calling of ter female parent."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The persons, collectively, engaged in any particular professions or employment.  [1913 Webster]
    "To impose celibacy on wholy callings."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Title; appellation; name.  [1913 Webster]
    "I am more proud to be Sir Rowland's son
    His youngest son, and would not change that calling.
Syn. -- Occupation; employment; business; trade; profession; office; engagement; vocation.


calling, n.
1 a profession or occupation.
2 an inwardly felt call or summons; a vocation.



ambition, apostolic orders, appellation, appointment, area, art, aspiration, baptism, basis, beck, beck and call, bid, biddance, bidding, business, call, calling forth, canonization, career, career building, careerism, cause, christening, conferment, consecration, consideration, convocation, craft, definition, denomination, designation, election, employment, engraved invitation, evocation, game, goal, ground, guiding light, guiding star, handicraft, holy orders, ideal, identification, indent, induction, inspiration, installation, institution, intention, investiture, invitation, invite, invocation, job, lifework, line, line of business, line of work, lodestar, mainspring, major orders, matter, metier, minor orders, mission, motive, mystery, naming, nicknaming, nod, nomination, number, occupation, ordainment, orders, ordination, practice, preconization, preferment, presentation, principle, profession, province, pursuit, racket, reading in, reason, requisition, sake, score, source, specialization, specialty, spring, styling, summons, terming, trade, ulterior motive, vocation, walk, walk of life, work




N business, occupation, employment, pursuit, what one is doing, what one is about, affair, concern, matter, case, matter in hand, irons in the fire, thing to do, agendum, task, work, job, chore, errand, commission, mission, charge, care, duty, part, role, cue, province, function, lookout, department, capacity, sphere, orb, field, line, walk, walk of life, beat, round, routine, race, career, office, place, post, chargeship, incumbency, living, situation, berth, employ, service, engagement, undertaking, vocation, calling, profession, cloth, faculty, industry, art, industrial arts, craft, mystery, handicraft, trade, exercise, work, avocation, press of business, businesslike, workaday, professional, official, functional, busy, on hand, in hand, in one's hands, afoot, on foot, on the anvil, going on, acting, in the course of business, all in one's day's work, professionally Adj, a business with an income at its heels, amoto quaeramus seria ludo, par negotiis neque supra.


N duty, what ought to be done, moral obligation, accountableness, liability, onus, responsibility, bounden duty, imperative duty, call, call of duty, accountability, allegiance, fealty, tie engagement, part, function, calling, morality, morals, decalogue, case of conscience, conscientiousness, conscience, inward monitor, still small voice within, sense of duty, tender conscience, superego, the hell within, dueness, propriety, fitness, seemliness, amenability, decorum, to prepon, the thing, the proper thing, the right thing to do, the proper thing to do, ethics, ethology, deontology, aretology, moral philosophy, ethical philosophy, casuistry, polity, observance, fulfillment, discharge, performance, acquittal, satisfaction, redemption, good behavior, obligatory, binding, imperative, peremptory, stringent, behooving, incumbent on, chargeable on, under obligation, obliged by, bound by, tied by, saddled with, due to, beholden to, bound to, indebted to, tied down, compromised, in duty bound, amenable, liable, accountable, responsible, answerable, right, meet, moral, ethical, casuistical, conscientious, ethological, with a safe conscience, as in duty, bound, on one's own responsibility, at one's own risk, suo periculo, in foro conscientiae, quamdiu se bene gesserit, dura lex sed lex, dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, honos habet onus, leve fit quod bene fertur onus, loyaute m'oblige, simple duty bath no place for fear, stern daughter of the voice of God, there is a higher law than the Constitution.

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