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\ vā-​ˈkā-​sh(ə-​)niŋ , 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 , 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

See 15 of the very best beach vacation looks under the sun below. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The Hot List: 15 Looks You Need for Your Next Beach Vacation," 13 Dec. 2018 Just a handful of dramatic group vacation later and these Witches of WeHo are making a wine together. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse.," 25 Sep. 2018 And since the mere mention of an educational vacation will probably send your darlings screaming from the room with a death grip on their smart phones, what’s a parent to do? Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Kids Will Love a Trip to Philly as Much as the Magic Kingdom," 30 July 2018 For a full-time worker, that’s the equivalent of a seven-week vacation. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Driving in Atlanta is painful — but it’s far from the worst," 11 July 2018 Molly Sims has mastered the art of family vacations. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Molly Sims Dishes on Traveling With Kids: It's 'Like a Hurricane Coming Through at All Times'," 9 July 2018 Mazatlan is a popular vacation spot and home to a large number of American and Canadian expatriates. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico coast," 22 Oct. 2018 This summer, Italy is the vacation spot du jour for famous faces. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Lily James Is on the Dreamiest Italian Vacation," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The following month, Princess Beatrice was spotted vacationing in Jordan with the likes of Karlie Kloss, Joshua Kushner, and Ellie Goulding. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice Discuss Being Royals With Day Jobs," 2 Aug. 2018 However Harry has spent time with Sarah in recent year, vacationing in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier in 2013 with his former aunt, uncle Andrew, cousins Beatrice and Eugenie, and then-girlfriend Cressida Bonas. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Inside Princess Diana's Complicated Friendship with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York," 22 July 2018 Gomez attended Henrie's wedding last April, and they were seen vacationing together in Italy last month. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Selena Gomez & David Henrie Have a 4th of July 'Wizards' Reunion in Disneyland: 'Family Vacation Vibes'," 5 July 2018 Jim loved vacationing in Rhode Island, his 1965 Jaguar XKE and greyhounds. courant.com, "James Doyle," 9 June 2018 His parents, David and Jane Matthews, own the luxurious Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barths, where James and Pippa have vacationed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "10 Things to Know About Pippa Middleton's Husband James Matthews," 16 Oct. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The Schottenstein family has vacationed in Palm Beach for years and knows Mr. Trump personally, Mr. Schottenstein said, adding that his parents are members of the Mar-a-Lago Club. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Trump Elector Asks $44.5 Million for Mansion Near Mar-a-Lago," 11 Dec. 2018 January 3, 2016: Justin and Hailey spent the New Year's weekend vacationing around the Caribbean islands, and the pics indicate these long-time friends took their relationship to the next level! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship," 24 July 2018 James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "AP source: Kevin Durant will sign 2-year deal with Warriors," 1 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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