1350–1400; < Latin vacātiōn- (stem of vacātiō freedom from something; see vacate, -ion); replacing Middle English vacacioun < Anglo-French (Source: dictionary.com)
Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin vacatio(n-), from vacare ‘be unoccupied’ (see vacate). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Vacation
- a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday:
- 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.
- 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
verb (used without object)
- to take or have a vacation:
- (intr) US and Canadian to take a vacation; holiday
- A fixed holiday period between terms in universities and law courts.
- The action of leaving something one previously occupied.
- Take a holiday.
- : a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation had a restful vacation at the beach
- : a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended
- : a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
- : a respite or a time of respite from something : intermission
- : an act or an instance of vacating
- : to take or spend a vacation vacationed at the shore
Example sentences for Vacation
- The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.
- 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.
- I suppose her vacation has commenced, and she will soon be on her way home again.
- 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!
- She was given a year's vacation from office work and spent most of it in England and on the continent.
- You can afford to take a vacation of a week or two, I should think.
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