avocation

  • 1 Avocation — Av o*ca tion, n. [L. avocatio.] 1. A calling away; a diversion. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster] Impulses to duty, and powerful avocations from sin. South. [1913 Webster] 2. That which calls one away from one s regular employment or vocation.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 avocation — UK US /ˌævəˈkeɪʃən/ noun [C] ► work you do in addition to your main job or profession, especially for enjoyment: »She s a real estate developer who describes her consultancy business as a part time avocation …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Avocation — Avocation, Abberufung, Abforderung. – Avocatorium, öffentliche Bekanntmachung, durch welche ein Staat seine Angehörigen aus einem anderen Lande heimruft; sonst bei Kriegen der Fall, in neuerer Zeit öfters wegen politischer Umtriebe, denen die… …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 4 avocation — index business (occupation), career, employment, job, occupation (vocation), position (business status) …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 avocation — (n.) 1520s, a calling away from one s occupation, from L. avocationem (nom. avocatio) a calling away, distraction, diversion, noun of action from pp. stem of avocare, from ab off, away from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + vocare to call (see VOICE (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 avocation — [n] hobby amusement, diversion, kick*, occupation, pastime, recreation, schtick*, shot*, side interest, sideline, thing*; concept 364 Ant. profession, vocation, work …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 avocation — [av΄ə kā′shən] n. [L avocatio, a calling away < pp. of avocare < a (ab ), away + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. Obs. the fact of being called away or distracted from something 2. something one does in addition to a vocation or regular… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Avocation — [ thumb|200px|American First Lady Bess Truman with Girls Scouts and their volunteer leaders] An avocation is an activity that a person does as a hobby outside their principal occupation. There are many examples of people whose profession was the… …

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  • 9 avocation — avocational, adj. avocationally, adv. /av euh kay sheuhn/, n. 1. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, esp. for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor s avocation is painting. 2. a person s regular occupation, calling, or vocation.… …

    Universalium

  • 10 avocation — [[t]æ̱voʊke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] avocations N VAR Your avocation is a job or activity that you do because you are interested in it, rather than to earn your living. [FORMAL] He was a printer by trade and naturalist by avocation …

    English dictionary

  • 11 avocation — noun Etymology: Latin avocation , avocatio, from avocare to call away, from ab + vocare to call, from voc , vox voice more at voice Date: circa 1617 1. archaic diversion, distraction 2. customary employment ; vocation …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 avocation — noun /avə(ʊ)ˈkeɪʃən/ a) A hobby or recreational or leisure pursuit. But though she could neither sleep nor rest in her bed, yet, having no avocation from it, she was found there by her father at his return from Allworthys, which was not till past …

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  • 13 avocation — See avocation, vocation, calling …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 14 avocation — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. hobby, sideline. See amusement, business. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. side interest, pastime, diversion, sideline; see hobby . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. hobby, pastime, interest, pursuit, sideline …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 avocation — av|o|ca|tion [ ,ævou keıʃn ] noun count FORMAL an activity that someone does for enjoyment in addition to their usual work …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 avocation —  Work done for personal satisfaction rather than need, usually in addition to a normal job …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 17 avocation — av·o·ca·tion || ‚ævəʊ keɪʃn n. hobby, pastime, amusement …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 avocation — [ˌavə keɪʃ(ə)n] noun a hobby or minor occupation. Derivatives avocational adjective Origin C17: from L. avocatio(n ), from avocare call away …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 avocation — n. 1. Vocation, calling, business, occupation, trade, employment. 2. Occasional business (business that calls aside), distraction, hindrance, interruption, by business, by concernment …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 avocation — n 1. hobby, pastime, interest, sideline, diversion, distraction; pleasure, relaxation, amusement, entertainment; enjoyment, fun, play, game, sport, toy. 2. vocation, calling, pursuit; occupation, profession, job, employment, work, trade, duty,… …

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