[ vey-key-shuh n, vuh- ]
/ veɪˈkeɪ ʃən, və- /
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.
verb (used without object)
to take or have a vacation: to vacation in the Caribbean.
Origin of vacation
Related formsva·ca·tion·er, va·ca·tion·ist, nounva·ca·tion·less, adjectivemin·i·va·ca·tion, nounpre·va·ca·tion, noun, adjective
Can be confusedvacation vocation
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British Dictionary definitions for prevacation
/ (vəˈkeɪʃən) /
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
Derived Formsvacationless, adjective
Word Origin for vacation
C14: from Latin vacātiō freedom, from vacāre to be empty
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