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1. The act of one who calls; a crying aloud, esp. in order to summon, or to attract the attention of, some one.
2. A summoning or convocation, as of Parliament.
3. A divine summons or invitation; also, the state of being divinely called.
4. One's usual occupation, or employment; vocation; business; trade.
5. Title; appellation; name.
ETYM Latin missio, from mittere, missum, to send: cf. French mission. Related to Missile.
1. A task that has been assigned to a person or group; SYN. charge, commission.
2. An operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters; SYN. military mission.
3. An organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work; SYN. missionary post, missionary station, foreign mission.
4. The organized work of a religious missionary; SYN. missionary work.
ETYM Latin occupatio: cf.French occupation.
1. The principal professional activity in one's life; SYN. business, line of work, line.
2. The act of occupying or taking possession of a building; SYN. occupancy, taking possession.
3. Any activity that occupies a person's attention.
4. A body of people doing the same kind of work; SYN. vocation, occupational group.
5. The act of taking occupancy; SYN. occupying, moving in.
6. The control of a country by military forces of a foreign power; SYN. military control.
ETYM French, from Latin professio. Related to Profess.
1. Affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith.
2. An occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences).
3. The body of people in a learned occupation; SYN. community.
1. A row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
2. Relative status
ETYM as. staepe. Related to Step.
1. A place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway; SYN. stair.
2. A short distance.
3. The act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down.
ETYM Formerly, a path, Old Eng. tred a footmark. Related to Tread.
1. The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; SYN. patronage.
2. The commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services.
3. The skilled practice of a practical occupation; SYN. craft.
Exchange of commodities between groups or individuals. Direct trade is usually known as barter, whereas indirect trade is carried out through a medium such as money.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, for example, barter between Europeans and West Africans was based on units of value called sortings. A sorting might consist of a quantity of cloth or oil. The amount of goods in each sorting varied according to supply and demand.