vacation

noun, often attributive
va·​ca·​tion | \vā-ˈkā-shən, və-\

Definition of vacation 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation had a restful vacation at the beach

2a : 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 : a respite or a time of respite from something : intermission

4 : an act or an instance of vacating

vacation

verb
vacationed; vacationing\ -​sh(ə-​)niŋ \

Definition of vacation (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take or spend a vacation vacationed at the shore

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Other Words from vacation

Verb

vacationer \ vā-​ˈkā-​sh(ə-​)nər , və-​ \ noun

Synonyms for vacation

Synonyms: Noun

break, holiday [chiefly British], hols [British], leave, recess

Synonyms: Verb

holiday

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Examples of vacation in a Sentence

Noun

Family vacations were a high point in my childhood. When are you taking vacation this year? Employees are entitled to 120 hours of paid vacation. I don't have any vacation days left. We have a one-week vacation in February. The university will be closed for Christmas vacation.

Verb

hoping to vacation in Spain this summer
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Allegiant has flights out of CVG to 18 different cities, including popular summer vacation destinations such as Destin, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "Allegiant Air pilots threaten to strike," 10 July 2018 Domestic flights will begin in 2019, starting with services to major North American cities that meet business traveler demands and later adding services to popular holiday and vacation destinations. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Private Airline Is Offering Incredible First Class Tickets You Can Actually Afford," 9 July 2018 Orlando ranks as the most affordable U.S. vacation destination for a family of four, and Fort Lauderdale is third, according to SmartAsset. Gretchen Day-bryant, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Orlando, Fort Lauderdale rank as affordable vacation destinations," 9 July 2018 From my point of view, the proliferation of mindful everything (iPhone apps, triathlons, vacation destinations, weight loss programs, beauty products, mayonnaise) smells like lemmings. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Mindfulness is not just a buzzword, it's a multibillion dollar industry. Here's the truth about the hype," 2 July 2018 Take your family to gorgeous Puerto Vallarta, where locals are known for their hospitality and warmth, see the hugely popular vacation destination Cabo San Lucas, or get lost in the streets of colonial Loreto. Princess Cruises, Bon Appetit, "Set Sail for Adventure This Holiday Season," 2 July 2018 The festival will run July 31 to Aug. 5 at the northern Michigan city, a popular summer vacation destination. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Jane Fonda to get lifetime award from Michael Moore at Traverse City fest," 21 June 2018 Imagine asking for a comparison of the pros and cons of Hawaii and Fiji as vacation destinations, or an explanation of different views on a topic in the news. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Now the Computer Can Argue With You," 19 June 2018 Several of the men seeking to become the state’s next governor appeared before a tourism industry group Friday aboard a boat docked along the Connecticut River and promised to spend more money marketing the state as a vacation destination. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Gubernatorial Candidates Promise Renewed Focus on Toursim," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Along with promising fans a new collaboration with Justin Bieber, Khaled also touched on his decision to create a line of soap while vacationing in Mexico. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "DJ Khaled Teases New Song With Justin Bieber': 'It's Going to Be One of the Biggest Anthems'," 11 July 2018 Former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens is happily soaking up the sun these days while vacationing at Amanyara, a luxurious Turks & Caicos resort. Fox News, "Best and worst celebrity beach bodies (okay mostly best)," 11 July 2018 The two reportedly got engaged while vacationing together in the Bahamas, where Justin popped the question in front of several other resort guests. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Knew He Would Marry Hailey Baldwin Back in 2016 Interview," 9 July 2018 Last month, Sprouse and Reinhart were spotted kissing and holding hands while vacationing together in Paris and later, Mexico, signs fans took as official confirmation that the two are, indeed, dating. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse Picked the Met Gala for Their Red Carpet Debut as a Couple," 7 May 2018 After a five-year crime hiatus, the East Area Rapist struck again, raping Cruz before bludgeoning her with a pipe wrench while her family vacationed in Mexico. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Here's the string of crimes tied to the East Area Rapist in years of California terror | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 In one such episode, a kindly ski instructor was profanely rebuffed after Woods had his ego bruised by a bunny hill while vacationing in Park City, Utah, with then-wife Elin and two other couples in 2004. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Connecticut Authors Team Up For Definitive Biography Of Tiger Woods," 19 Apr. 2018 Mary Shelley, as the famous story goes, first conceived of Frankenstein on a stormy night in 1816, while vacationing at the Lake Geneva villa of Lord Byron. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Shows the Evolution of Mary Shelley’s Monster," 26 Feb. 2018 The two have all but confirmed their relationship, having been spotted meeting the Pope, vacationing in Japan, and dressing up like Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton together. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Step Out on London Date: See the New Photo," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of vacation

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vacation

Noun

Middle English vacacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French vacacion, borrowed from Latin vacātiōn-, vacātiō "exemption from service, respite from work," from vacāre "to be empty, be free, have leisure" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at vacant

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The first known use of vacation was in the 14th century

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vacation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vacation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

vacation

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vacation (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go somewhere during a vacation

vacation

noun
va·​ca·​tion | \vā-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of vacation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period during which activity (as of a school) is stopped for a time

2 : a period spent away from home or business in travel or amusement

vacation

verb
vacationed; vacationing

Kids Definition of vacation (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take or spend a period away from home or business in travel or amusement

Other Words from vacation

vacationer noun

vacation

noun
va·​ca·​tion

Legal Definition of vacation 

1 : a period in which activity or work is suspended specifically : an interval between judicial terms

2 : an act or instance of vacating vacation of a judgment

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