vacation

noun, often attributive
va·​ca·​tion | \ vā-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vacation (audio) , 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\ vā-​ˈkā-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce vacationing (audio) , və-​ \

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 How to pronounce vacationer (audio) , və-​ \ noun

Synonyms for vacation

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 And a family on vacation found a rare all-white grizzly bear in Canada’s Banff National Park. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Bear Nudges Sleeping Man Awake, Startling Both of Them — See the Video," 15 Sep. 2020 Nurses who worked in other health facilities were assessed for risk; others who had been on vacation were also monitored. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "How could nursing homes have done better?," 14 Sep. 2020 This apparent miracle occurred while Ms. Jacobs and her husband, Raymond, were on vacation in Copenhagen in 1969. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Earth Shoe Founder Ran Her Business by Instinct," 11 Sep. 2020 Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly have been on vacation or required furlough for part of the break. oregonlive, "Portland City Council fractured and on vacation," 7 Sep. 2020 In Florida on vacation, on December 23, I was admitted to the hospital for tingling and numbness in my hands and feet but released the following day. Timothy Snyder, The New York Review of Books, "What Ails America," 3 Sep. 2020 The day of Saturday’s rally for Blake’s family, Thompson was on vacation but attended the event. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha News journalist quits: 'At the core of my decision was one person, Jacob Blake'," 2 Sep. 2020 The lapses in care at Three Rivers cited by the department included the actions of a supervising nurse, referred to as RN#2 in the report, who came to work a double shift on July 27 after going on vacation. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Potential coronavirus exposure at Backus Hospital in Norwich could be linked to COVID-19 outbreak at Three Rivers Nursing Home," 2 Sep. 2020 Usually, the number of miles traveled peaks in the summer when people go on vacation, but of course this summer is quite different. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Americans are saving billions by not commuting," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The governor in recent days has emphasized that children should return to school; travelers should book flights; theme parks should open to more people; and now Floridians should vacation throughout the state. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida launches tourism campaign — just as more events cancel," 2 Sep. 2020 Before the pandemic, European tourists would vacation in Phuket and the surrounding areas for between two weeks to two months, said Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association. Randy Thanthong-knight, Bloomberg.com, "Thailand Plans Re-Opening for Long-Stay Visitors This Winter," 29 Aug. 2020 Florida is taking its first steps to lift the state’s devastated tourism industry, starting with a publicity campaign encouraging Floridians to vacation across the state. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida launches tourism campaign — just as more events cancel," 2 Sep. 2020 And for those who like to vacation with their fur children, dogs are permitted off-leash at Carmel Beach. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Shop and dine while maintaining social distance in these picturesque places," 1 Sep. 2020 How in the world are you supposed to vacation during a pandemic? oregonlive, "How to vacation during the pandemic: 4 day trips to 4 ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest," 30 Aug. 2020 Tuscana Resort Orlando by Aston in ChampionsGate has an offer to get Florida residents to vacation in their own backyard. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Tuscana Resort knocks 15% off for Florida residents," 27 Aug. 2020 Summer is a time for the youth to vacation or find a summer job. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "How George Floyd's death ignited a racial reckoning that shows no signs of slowing down," 9 Aug. 2020 That’s the main reason why everybody wants to come be a part of it, everyone want to come visit, everybody wants to vacation. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Erik Spoelstra says Pat Riley has daily input while beyond Heat’s Disney bubble," 6 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for vacation

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

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vacation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacation. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for vacation

vacation

noun
How to pronounce vacation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vacation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel
chiefly US : the number of days or hours per year for which an employer agrees to pay workers while they are not working
US : a time when schools, colleges, and universities are closed

vacation

verb

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

US : to go somewhere during a vacation

vacation

noun
va·​ca·​tion | \ vā-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vacation (audio) \

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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