- a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.
- a part of the year, regularly set aside, when normal activities of law courts, legislatures, etc., are suspended.
- freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.
- an act or instance of vacating.
- to take or have a vacation: to vacation in the Caribbean.
Origin of vacation
Examples from the Web for vacationing
The announcement will add to rising alarm about the safety of Westerners working and vacationing in Egypt.ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt
December 1, 2014
I suspect very few—unless you were vacationing in Hawaii or returning home to Searchlight, Nevada.The ‘Defining Issue of Our Time’ Is Obama’s Constitutional Excesses
January 9, 2014
He was arrested not long afterwards for drunk driving while vacationing in Florida.Rob Ford’s Web of Criminal Friends
November 22, 2013
Luckily for us, so far the bond market seems to be vacationing there as well.After the Fiscal Cliff: What do Democrats Want?
January 2, 2013
The Labor Department figures are a gift for the vacationing Romney, who wants to talk about one issue and one issue only.Grim Jobless Report Wounds Obama
July 6, 2012
And their homes were admirably located for vacationing, too.The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards
That they had come to her meetings in large numbers while vacationing in Saratoga Springs, this was important.Susan B. Anthony
While my pals were vacationing I was ranching, and ranching under Old Nick is no vacation.The Trail of Conflict
Emilie Baker Loring
Amy said that Jessie kept them so hard at work that it did not seem at all as though they were vacationing.The Campfire Girls on Station Island
Harrison was vacationing and he viewed the emergency contact from Intersolar Spaceport with annoyance.The Sword
- mainly British a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
- mainly US and Canadian a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreationAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries) holiday
- the act of departing from or abandoning property, etc
- (intr) US and Canadian to take a vacation; holiday
Word Origin and History for vacationing
1876, from vacation (n.). Related: Vacationed; vacationing.
late 14c., "freedom from obligations, leisure, release" (from some activity or occupation), from Old French vacation, from Latin vacationem (nominative vacatio) "leisure, a being free from duty," noun of state from past participle stem of vacare "be empty, free, or at leisure" (see vain).
Meanings "state of being unoccupied; process of vacating" are early 15c. Meaning "formal suspension of activity" (in reference to schools, courts, etc.) is recorded from mid-15c. As the U.S. equivalent of what in Britain is called a holiday, it is attested from 1878.