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vacation

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

Definition of vacation

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

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

  3. 3 :  a respite or a time of respite from something :  intermission

  4. 4 :  an act or an instance of vacating

Examples of vacation in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of vacation

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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vacation

verb va·ca·tion

Definition of vacation

vacationed

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vacationing

\-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take or spend a vacation vacationed at the shore

vacationer

play \vā-ˈkā-sh(ə-)nər, və-\ noun

Examples of vacation in a Sentence

  1. hoping to vacation in Spain this summer

First Known Use of vacation

1883



VACATION Defined for English Language Learners

vacation

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noun

Definition of vacation for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of vacation for English Language Learners

  • : to go somewhere during a vacation


VACATION Defined for Kids

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vacation

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noun va·ca·tion \vā-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of vacation for Students

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

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


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vacation

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verb va·ca·tion

Definition of vacation for Students

vacationed

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vacationing

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

vacationer

noun

Law Dictionary

vacation

noun va·ca·tion

Legal Definition of vacation

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

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



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