Definition of calling in English:

calling

noun

  • 1mass noun The action or sound of calling.

    ‘the calling of a cuckoo’
    • ‘Like in a trance, she stepped towards it subconsciously, her ear deaf to Lianda's callings.’
    • ‘You could not run away from the sound of their calling even if you wanted to.’
    • ‘It is calling me to him, every night his calling grows stronger.’
    • ‘The only sounds were the crackling fire, and Cattannia's desperate calling.’
    • ‘I hurried towards her calling out every so often so that she could stop walking and we could talk.’
    • ‘The whooping and calling from an enthusiastic audience was reminiscent of a Chippendales' performance on a good night.’
  • 2A strong urge towards a particular way of life or career; a vocation.

    ‘those who have a special calling to minister to others' needs’
    • ‘But in general, men historically seem to have a calling towards protector roles and I honor them for that.’
    • ‘We are to walk worthy of the calling, but we first must know what that calling is.’
    • ‘Because a vocation is a calling to serve others, caring is necessary.’
    • ‘I am by no means out of sympathy with this point of view: embalming is doubtless an honourable profession, but it is not a calling towards which I find myself strongly drawn.’
    • ‘Bernal has every tick of repression down as Amaro, tortured by the conflict between his calling and his own desire.’
    • ‘It was in every sense of the word a genuine calling, a discovery of a vocation.’
    • ‘I felt that from birth I had a calling, a purpose to live and die for.’
    • ‘He awakened to a realisation that a career in theatre and films was his calling.’
    • ‘The calling to a hermit's life became strong again and in 1989, Frances moved back to Whitby and set up her second hermitage.’
    • ‘I think in this particular community there's still a lot of work to be done and I don't feel a strong calling to be other than here at the moment.’
    • ‘True, medicine is a vocation, it's a calling, but let's be honest, it's also a day-to-day job.’
    • ‘Viewed as a calling or a vocation, scholarship has an inevitably vexed relation to institutional life.’
    • ‘I wanted to be ordained because in my heart of hearts, I had always felt a strong calling.’
    • ‘Now and then a man may arise among us who in any calling, whether it be in law, in physic, in religious teaching, in art, or literature, may in his professional enthusiasm utterly disregard money.’
    • ‘On the contrary, these things took on their nobility and their splendor by virtue of their character as our attempts to respond faithfully to our callings or vocations.’
    • ‘This calling or vocation is what I have tried to ground theologically.’
    • ‘It's an upbringing she remembers fondly, even though she can't begin to place where her calling towards music came from.’
    • ‘A lot of FBI agents like to say that the Bureau is a calling, not a career.’
    • ‘Practicing law and ‘uplifting the race,’ Chambliss says, were always his childhood callings, not a career in football.’
    • ‘Your vocation or calling is your purpose in life - your gift to the world.’
    vocation, mission
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    1. 2.1 A profession or occupation.
      ‘he considered engineering one of the highest possible callings’
      • ‘To be an alchemist at this time was a precarious profession, a calling that required great political skill.’
      • ‘Admittedly, Paul, 53, of Niton, has followed a career path that has gradually led him to his current calling.’
      • ‘The prestige of the professions, old and new, has rested in part upon a sense of continuity and tradition; more than most callings, professions cultivate a consciousness of their own history.’
      • ‘On looking through the hall of fame, he discovered he had joined a band of past pupils who covered many services and callings in their chosen professions.’
      • ‘To be professionally involved in music is one of life's noble callings.’
      • ‘Some were simple employees who worked for the excellent wages the calling offered.’
      • ‘The profession of arms is a noble calling, and there is no shame in wage labor.’
      • ‘One need but peruse George's discussion of the differences between wages in different occupations to understand why those who engage in certain callings are protected from the full impact of this tendency.’
      • ‘Ruling was in a sense a job, a calling, the only thing he knew how to do and could conceive of doing.’
      • ‘Clearly, some of the nurses are in the noble calling for the money.’
      • ‘A solicitor, being one of those who profess skills in a calling, is liable for failure to exercise those skills in both tort and contract.’
      • ‘Some people call themselves a priest or priestess because they want a title expressing their spiritual calling.’
      • ‘He is well equipped to assume employment in several callings.’
      • ‘She was taken aback that they would persist in trying to convince her that she should stay on with them, when she had so many business callings that she could never commit to one single thing.’
      • ‘A plumber by profession, Tom was exceptionally gifted at his calling and his expertise was widely sought.’
      • ‘At one time quite a lot of country folk were better known by nickname for the jobs they did or callings they followed rather than their proper or full names.’
      • ‘Believing that the artistic calling was the highest one, he despised workaday employment.’
      • ‘Whatever the calling or the profession, the 2003 Essence Awards winners have taken language and given it shape and magic.’
      • ‘Many of the latter rose to important positions, usually in fields other than their original calling.’
      • ‘The British crown possessed an ancient right to seize for naval service ‘seamen, seafaring men and persons whose occupations or callings are to work upon vessels and boats upon rivers’.’
      profession, occupation, career, work, employment, job, day job, business, trade, craft, line, line of work, pursuit, métier, walk of life, province, field
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Pronunciation

calling

/ˈkɔːlɪŋ/