Definitions for vacationveɪˈkeɪ ʃən, və-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

va•ca•tionveɪˈkeɪ ʃən, və-(n.)

  1. a period of suspension of regular work, study, or other activity, usu. used for rest, recreation, or travel.

  2. freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.

  3. an act or instance of vacating.

  4. (v.i.)to take or have a vacation.

Origin of vacation:

1350–1400; ME vacacioun < AF < L vacātiō exemption from duty, vacation; see vacate , -tion



Princeton's WordNet

  1. vacation, holiday(noun)

    leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure

    "we get two weeks of vacation every summer"; "we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico"

  2. vacation(verb)

    the act of making something legally void

  3. vacation, holiday(verb)

    spend or take a vacation

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vacation(noun)ɪkˈeɪʃən

    a period when sb does not work, usually to travel for pleasure

    How was your vacation?; We're going on vacation in July.; The family took a vacation in Mexico.

  2. vacationɪkˈeɪʃən

    a period when school is closed

    summer/spring/winter vacation

  3. vacation(verb)ɪkˈeɪʃən

    to travel while on vacation

    They like to vacation in the Bahamas.


  1. vacation(Noun)

    Freedom from some business or activity.

  2. vacation(Noun)

    Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity.

  3. vacation(Noun)

    A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc.

  4. vacation(Noun)

    A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure.

  5. vacation(Noun)

    The act of vacating something; moving out.

    The Conservative Partyu2019s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.

  6. vacation(Noun)

    the act of making legally void.

  7. vacation(Verb)

    To spend or take a vacation.

    This year, weu2019re vacationing in Mexico.

  8. Origin: From vacation, from vacatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vacation(noun)

    the act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the vacation of an office or a charter

  2. Vacation(noun)

    intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure

  3. Vacation(noun)

    intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess

  4. Vacation(noun)

    the intermission of the regular studies and exercises of an educational institution between terms; holidays; as, the spring vacation

  5. Vacation(noun)

    the time when an office is vacant; esp. (Eccl.), the time when a see, or other spiritual dignity, is vacant


  1. Vacation

    A vacation or holiday is a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations. Vacations are often spent with friends or family. A person may take a longer break from work, such as a sabbatical, gap year, or career break. The concept of taking a vacation is a recent invention, and has developed through the last two centuries. Once the idea of travel and recreation was a luxury of wealthy people alone. In the Puritan culture of early America, taking a break from work for reasons other than weekly observance of the Sabbath, was frowned upon. However, the modern concept of vacation was led by a later religious movement encouraging spiritual retreat and recreation. The notion of breaking from work periodically took root among the middle and working class.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. vacation

    A period of increased and pleasurable activity when your wife is at the seashore.

Anagrams of vacation

  1. Octavian

Translations for vacation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a holiday

a summer vacation.

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