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

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

The family was staying at a vacation home and had planned to crab hunt that evening. Erin Strybis, Washington Post, "Drowning happens so easily. Here’s what parents get wrong about water safety.," 5 July 2019 The family was staying at a vacation home and had planned to crab hunt that evening. Erin Strybis, chicagotribune.com, "Drowning happens so easily. Here’s what parents get wrong about water safety.," 5 July 2019 Where to stay: There's lots of lodging options in North Shores and the nearby towns including vacation home and condo rentals, hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 The Japanese company even purchased some of Iacocca’s vacation homes. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "How Lee Iacocca, famous for bashing the Japanese, is being remembered in Japan," 3 July 2019 An architectural icon from 1950 to about 1975, the humble A-frame is a beloved vacation home—a triangle design built for lounging around decks and cozy fires. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Magazine-ready A-frame in Big Bear asks $475K," 2 July 2019 The hotel chain, founded in 2013 by then-19-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, now operates 23,000 hotels and 46,000 vacation homes in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Indian hotel chain Oyo launches in U.S with $300 million investment, Dallas home base," 1 July 2019 Pritzker owns at least two properties in Wisconsin, including a Lake Geneva vacation home and a 230-acre horse farm in Kenosha County. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stopped for speeding on Wisconsin's Geneva Lake," 27 June 2019 Island H20 Live was built near West U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee as part of a development that includes a hotel, time-shares, vacation homes and retail. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Margaritaville’s new water park makes a splash with high-tech innovations," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Erdogan was vacationing at the Aegean Sea resort of Marmaris, and two F-16s were dispatched to shoot down his plane. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Turkey receives missiles from Russia, rebukes from Congress," 13 July 2019 News and People, the 37-year-old star is vacationing in the Caribbean accompanied by her mother, Lynne Spears. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears rolls in the sand, shows off bikini bod on Caribbean vacation," 24 June 2019 Norman, who lives in Houston, Texas, was vacationing in California. NBC News, "Live rat falls from ceiling and lands on table at Buffalo Wilds Wings," 23 June 2019 Although the details of how the NFL coach popped the question remain unknown, the proposal occurred while the pair were vacationing in France. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay Engaged to Model Girlfriend Veronika Khomyn," 23 June 2019 Sport was vacationing there with her fiancé, Howard Taltoan, and their friends. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman, 51, died in similar circumstances as three American tourists at Dominican resort a year ago," 7 June 2019 The star is vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with her sister Khloé Kardashian and bf Tristan Thompson. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner's Gooseberry Seaside Swimsuit Will Distract You From the View Behind Her," 14 Aug. 2018 In addition to the vast crop of business travelers, a growing local culture for vacationing within rather than outside Nigeria, may also be a factor, Oyatogun says. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Lagos has become one of Airbnb’s fastest-growing markets globally," 27 June 2019 Hall said the Beaufort couple was vacationing in the Tampa Bay area when the man went swimming. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019

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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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vacation

noun

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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