verb (used without object)
- vacant possession,
- vacation bible school,
- vacation pay,
Origin of vacation
Examples from the Web for vacation
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?|Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Sanders, a representative of the Northeastern vacation state of Vermont, also opposes fossil fuel development.
Her father split by the time she was 11—he moved out while the rest of the family was on vacation.
“Across the board, SAD patients will tell you they feel better [after vacation],” says Dr. Rohan.
On vacation in Crete, Michlin and his wife were looking for a good, hearty meal.
President Wilson, who used occasionally to spend his vacation in the Lake region, was one of his friends.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I|Burton J. Hendrick
I suppose her vacation has commenced, and she will soon be on her way home again.In League with Israel|Annie F. Johnston
After so long a vacation you couldn't keep him away if you chained him to the court-house pillars; he'd tear 'em in two!The Two Vanrevels|Booth Tarkington
She was given a year's vacation from office work and spent most of it in England and on the continent.The Story of Chautauqua|Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
You can afford to take a vacation of a week or two, I should think.Little By Little|William Taylor Adams
Word Origin for vacation
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.
1876, from vacation (n.). Related: Vacationed; vacationing.