What does vacation mean?

Definitions for vacation
veɪˈkeɪ ʃən, və-va·ca·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vacation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vacation, holidaynoun

    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. vacationverb

    the act of making something legally void

  3. vacation, holidayverb

    spend or take a vacation


  1. Vacationnoun

    A period of intermission of regular paid work or employment, or of studies and exercises at an educational institution; the time during which a person temporarily ceases regular duties of any kind and performs other activites, usually some form of liesure; holidays; recess (at a school); as, the spring vacation; to spend one's vacation travelling; to paint the house while on vacation. Vacation is typically used for rest, travel, or recreation, but may be used for any purpose. In Britain this sense of vacation is usually referred to as holiday.


  1. vacationnoun

    Freedom from some business or activity.

  2. vacationnoun

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

  3. vacationnoun

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

  4. vacationnoun

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

  5. vacationnoun

    The act of vacating something; moving out.

    The Conservative Party's vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.

  6. vacationnoun

    the act of making legally void.

  7. vacationverb

    To spend or take a vacation.

    This year, we're vacationing in Mexico.

  8. Etymology: From vacation, from vacatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vacationnoun

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

  2. Vacationnoun

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

  3. Vacationnoun

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

  4. Vacationnoun

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

  5. Vacationnoun

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

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. L. vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc., fr. vacare. See Vacate.]


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vacation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vacation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of vacation in a Sentence

  1. Russel Honoré:

    Maybe there'll be a few hardy( people) that will figure out how to do Hurricane Ida, but your elderly and people with children, they just need to go take a Federal Emergency Management Agency vacation. Have Federal Emergency Management Agency give them a voucher to a hotel and count your blessing that you're still alive.

  2. David Bernstein:

    We are currently in a very strong labor market. And given that, if people have jobs and they feel comfortable in their jobs, they're likely to need a vacation and remember, vacations are no longer a luxury, they're a necessity in today's world.

  3. Brandy Wittenborn:

    We had a Disneyland vacation booked for April of 2020 that we had to cancel because of the pandemic, they are definitely excited.

  4. Beau Duffy:

    There is continued concern about the rise in speeding and aggressive driving as we enter the heart of the vacation travel season and increased traffic volumes on the highways.

  5. Brian Barnett:

    We want to be able to live and work in space, have fun in space, and vacation in space. And when we get there we want to make sure we have Internet.

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  • إجازة, عطلةArabic
  • prázdniny, dovolenáCzech
  • fraflytning, ferie, fratrædelse, holde, tageDanish
  • Urlaub, Annullierung, [[Urlaub]] [[machen]], Ferien, [[Ferien]] [[machen]], PreisgabeGerman
  • ferii, libertempoEsperanto
  • vacación, vacacionar, vacacionesSpanish
  • annuleerimine, vabastamine, tühistamine, puhkusEstonian
  • oporBasque
  • تعطیلاتPersian
  • hylkääminen, poismuutto, vapaapäivä, lomailla, tyhjentäminen, jättäminen, lähtö, mitätöinti, lomaFinnish
  • [[aller]] [[en]] [[vacances]], vacancesFrench
  • חופש, חופשהHebrew
  • छुट्टीHindi
  • vakáció, szabadság, szünidőHungarian
  • vacantiaInterlingua
  • vakancoIdo
  • [[andare]] [[in]] [[vacanza]], vacanzaItalian
  • חוּפשָׁהHebrew
  • バカンス, 休廷, 休み, 休暇, 取る, バケーション, ヴァカンスJapanese
  • არდადეგებიGeorgian
  • 休暇, 휴가Korean
  • feriae, cessatioLatin
  • одмoра, користи годишен одмор, испразнување, одмор, поништување, оставање, ослободување, распустMacedonian
  • амралтMongolian
  • vakantie, [[op]] [[vakantie]] [[gaan]]Dutch
  • ferieNorwegian
  • wakacjePolish
  • [[sair]] [[de]] [[férias]], fériasPortuguese
  • golire, anulare, vacanțăRomanian
  • оставление, [[провести]] [[отпуск]], освобождение, отгул, [[проводить]] [[отпуск]], каникулы, отпуск, отменаRussian
  • ferie, ledighet, semester, lov, semestraSwedish
  • kỳ nghỉ, đi nghỉVietnamese

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