WordReference Random House Learner’s Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a period during which one does not have to report to one’s regular work, school, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel: [countable]went on a long vacation.[uncountable]:They’re on vacation.
- to take or have a vacation:vacationed in Spain.
va•ca•tion•er, n. [countable]See -vac-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
(vā kā′shən, və-),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
va•ca′tion•er, va•ca′tion•ist, n.
- Latin vacātiōn- (stem of vacātiō freedom from something; see vacate, –ion); replacing Middle English vacacioun
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
- chiefly Brit a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
- chiefly US Canadian a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) holiday
- the act of departing from or abandoning property, etc
- (intransitive) US Canadian to take a vacation; holiday
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