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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vo·ca·tion /voˈkeʃən/
 天命,天職,才能,行業,職業

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vo·ca·tion n.
 1. A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession.
    What can be urged for them who not having the vocation of poverty to scribble, out of mere wantonness make themselves ridiculous?   --Dryden.
 2. Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession.
    He would think his service greatly rewarded, if he might obtain by that means to live in the sight of his prince, and yet practice his own chosen vocation.   --Sir. P. Sidney.
 3. Theol. A calling by the will of God.  Specifically: --
 (a) The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as, the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel.  “The golden chain of vocation, election, and justification.”
 (b) A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.
    Every member of the same [the Church], in his vocation and ministry.   --Bk. of Com. Prayer.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 vocation
      n 1: the particular occupation for which you are trained [syn: career,
            calling]
      2: a body of people doing the same kind of work [syn: occupational
         group]