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Meaning of vacation by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle French vacation, from Latin vacātio .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /vəˈkeɪʃ( ə )n/, /veɪˈkeɪʃ( ə )n/
    • ( US ) enPR: vā-kā'shən, IPA: /veɪˈkeɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /veI"keIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən, -eɪʃn


    vacation ( plural: vacations )

    1. Freedom from some business or activity. [from 14th c.]
    2. ( obsolete ) Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity. [15th-17th c.]
    3. A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc. [from 15th c.]
    4. ( North America ) A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure. [from 19th c.]
    5. The act of vacating something; moving out. [from 19th c.]
      The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents .
    6. ( US ) ( law ) the act of making legally void .



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Explanation of vacation by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. spend or take a vacation

    1. the act of making something legally void

    2. leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure

    3. we get two weeks of vacation every summer

    Definition of vacation by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Vacation n. [F., fr. L. vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc., fr. vacare. See Vacate.]

      1. The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, “the vacation of an office or a charter”.

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

      It was not in his nature, however, at least till years had chastened it, to take any vacation from controversy. Palfrey.

      Hence, specifically: -

      ( Law ) Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess. “With lawyers in the vacation.” Shak.

      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.

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