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avocation (noun) a side occupation; a spare time activity.

An avocation is what you do during your leisure time either for pleasure or for earning money, in addition to your main occupation. A person of many avocations is one, who, in addition to his regular job, profession, or occupation, busies themselves with minor occupations like games, hobbies, church, social service activities, etc.. 'Though he is busy with his book business, he has avocations like conducting training programs in time management, personality development, etc..' This means that in addition to his book business, which is his main activity, he takes interest in the training programs mentioned.

  • The theater which was Emmanuel's avocation ten years ago, when he was a marketing consultant, has now become his main occupation, as he has given up his consultancy services and has become a full-time director.
  • Frank has too many avocations like swimming, flying, social service activities, etc., leaving him hardly any time to spend with his wife and children.
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