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vacation

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noun va·ca·tion \vā-ˈkā-shən, və-\

Simple Definition of vacation

  • : a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel

  • : the number of days or hours per year for which an employer agrees to pay workers while they are not working

  • : a time when schools, colleges, and universities are closed

Full Definition of vacation

  1. 1 :  a respite or a time of respite from something :  intermission

  2. 2 a :  a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended b :  a period of exemption from work granted to an employee

  3. 3 :  a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation <had a restful vacation at the beach>

  4. 4 :  an act or an instance of vacating

Examples of vacation

  1. Family vacations were a high point in my childhood.

  2. When are you taking vacation this year?

  3. Employees are entitled to 120 hours of paid vacation.

  4. I don't have any vacation days left.

  5. We have a one-week vacation in February.

  6. The university will be closed for Christmas vacation.



Origin of vacation

Middle English vacacioun, from Anglo-French vacacion, from Latin vacation-, vacatio freedom, exemption, from vacare


First Known Use: 14th century


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vacation

verb va·ca·tion

Simple Definition of vacation

  • : to go somewhere during a vacation

Full Definition of vacation

vacationedvacation·ing \-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take or spend a vacation <vacationed at the shore>

va·ca·tion·er play \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

Examples of vacation

  1. <hoping to vacation in Spain this summer>



1883

First Known Use of vacation

1883




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