Meaning of vacation in English:


Pronunciation /vəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ /veɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1A fixed holiday period between terms in universities and law courts.

    ‘the Easter vacation’
    • ‘During our university vacations, we took jobs as herds people in the Alps, running after cattle for three months out of the year and sleeping in rickety huts and stables.’
    • ‘When I was at home for university vacations, he would sit listening to me intently, head tilted to one side, as I poured out all the problems of an average early twenty-something.’
    • ‘I tended only to see them during University vacations - particularly Christmas.’
    • ‘Holidays and school vacations are to be shared equally.’
    • ‘With a vacation period coming up, the magistrate put off the case until August 13.’
    • ‘But we were only able to be together during summer vacations and mid term break.’
    • ‘Because the Scottish courts are currently on a vacation period, only one judge will hear the appeal, instead of two.’
    • ‘Her best friend and her parents went to Europe every summer for 2 months during the school vacation period.’
    • ‘The vacation period was a nightmare for many because they had to explore alternative methods of generating income.’
    • ‘We've finished school this year and are going to university after summer vacation.’
    • ‘The application came before me as the vacation judge.’
    • ‘After a summer vacation, most children look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as they return to school.’
    • ‘As I regard this case as sufficiently important, I will come in during the vacation if there is a problem.’
    • ‘There must surely be ways of, for example, employing undergraduates during vacations to enthuse these would-be physicists in labs that would otherwise be lying empty.’
    • ‘Students on long-term tertiary courses may, on application, work for 15 hours per week during term time, and for extended hours during vacations.’
    • ‘Some universities will cancel the usual summer vacations from mid-July to the end of August as part of the effort to prevent the spread of the disease.’
    • ‘I was by this time living in Cambridge, having won a scholarship to the university, and stayed with her only during my vacations.’
    • ‘I am staring a three-and-a-bit months University vacation in the face.’
    • ‘The time block of the traditional extended summer vacation is redistributed in the form of shorter breaks throughout the year.’
    • ‘This was during Christmas break, and Brent was still supposedly on vacation from school.’
    • ‘Next time the kids are on school vacation, I'm hiring a sitter and going to work.’
    1. 1.1North American An extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling; a holiday.
      ‘he took a vacation in the south of France’
      • ‘people come here on vacation’
      • ‘I had seen the movie in Paris while on vacation over the holidays with my partner, Christopher.’
      • ‘First, I have not been on vacation, I don't even know what a vacation is anymore.’
      • ‘On vacation, I would check in with the office three or four times a day.’
      • ‘On vacation some people are determined to keep the cell phone charged up and ready to rip wherever they go.’
      • ‘They left to go on vacation around ten this morning.’
      • ‘Everyone was exchanging gifts in the halls and people were leaving to go on vacation and to go visit family members.’
      • ‘I will be leaving on vacation in two days and will not be able to do much else except put down ideas in my traveling notebook.’
      • ‘Whether they're on a business trip or on vacation, these travelers are often in spending mode.’
      • ‘Before you leave on vacation, follow these tips and feel more secure about your home being vacant.’
      • ‘His friends are all on vacation, leaving him bored and lonesome.’
      • ‘This week is going to be a little hectic since I'm trying to get so many things done before I leave on vacation.’
      • ‘We decided to just go on vacation and take advantage of our spring break.’
      • ‘In fact, over the holidays the mom was off on vacation for two weeks and didn't spend one of those days with her son.’
      • ‘I don't usually get up early when I'm on vacation either, but this trip is a worthwhile exception.’
      • ‘Please take the time to get enough rest, not only on vacation, but everyday.’
      • ‘I went on vacation last week, and somehow managed to leave the refrigerator door open.’
      • ‘While packing, I browse through some photos and I come across some of me on vacation with a former boyfriend.’
      • ‘Remember when you thought that an annual two-week vacation was a necessity?’
      • ‘Months later I flew to the United States to spend a month-long vacation.’
      • ‘While planning a long fishing vacation, there are a couple of obvious choices to be made.’
      • ‘Typically honeymooners tend to enjoy beach vacations as honeymoon destinations.’
      • ‘He knew he was leaving the next day and that he had booked a vacation for 3 weeks.’
      • ‘"We specialise in providing the best adventure vacations for people who want a personal and tailored travel service.’
      • ‘Hotels reduce rates, airfare prices drop and vacation packages may be hundreds less.’
      • ‘Three-day family vacation packages cost $155 per person, including activities and meals.’
      • ‘I've got a week and a half more at work before my vacation starts.’
      • ‘Croatian workers receive at least four weeks of vacation per year, in addition to national holidays.’
      trip, tour, break, stopover
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  • 2mass noun The action of leaving something one previously occupied.

    ‘his marriage was the reason for the vacation of his fellowship’
    • ‘His vacation of the midfield also enabled Jamie Buchan to get back to his favoured position in midfield after a long spell at left back.’
    • ‘On the vacation of the post, the senior masters assembled and discussed eligible candidates.’
    • ‘He was again unopposed on the vacation of his seat.’
    quitting, evacuation, abandonment, desertion, relinquishment, leaving
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[no object]North American
  • Take a holiday.

    ‘I was vacationing in Europe with my family’
    • ‘A total of 2,714,000 foreign tourists vacationed in Bulgaria in the first seven months of the year, seven per cent more than the same period a year ago.’
    • ‘If you vacationed in California every vacation for the next 50 years you still would not run out of things to see or do.’
    • ‘My wife and I were vacationing in Spain, and Gibraltar was the second stop on our itinerary.’
    • ‘Many of you may have travelled or simply spent long weekends by the sea vacationing with family and friends.’
    • ‘This break is long overdue, considering he hasn't vacationed in years and he even spends his weekends travelling to the company's agencies throughout Bulgaria - for work and pleasure.’
    • ‘‘I had just vacationed in India in December visiting relatives, and was excited to hear my unit was chosen to deploy there,’ he said.’
    • ‘I was vacationing at a ski resort, and I saw this really cute boy skiing down the mountain beside me.’
    • ‘He was out of the country, vacationing in Mexico, but he arranged for a public relations firm to fax a prepared statement to the media.’
    • ‘I spent about 15 percent of my time in Hawaii, and my children essentially grew up vacationing in Hawaii.’
    • ‘She Indiana, was vacationing with her family at Yellowstone National Park in the 1980s when she lost her wallet.’
    • ‘His wife and boys were vacationing down the Jersey shore at his in-laws' summer home in August 1997.’
    • ‘If you find vacationing in a rental property more comfortable than hotel rooms, give no second thought to your choice.’
    • ‘He might love Chinese food and enjoy vacationing in Rome, but ultimately he considers himself a New Yorker.’
    • ‘Three subjects did not want to complete the study because they did not want to wear gloves while vacationing in Florida.’
    • ‘We were vacationing in Spain.’
    • ‘I've been vacationing down in Mexico before, but Venezuela was a whole new level of poverty I had never seen before.’
    • ‘While some folks escape winter by vacationing to Mexico, Hawaii and Florida, why give up the ski days?’
    • ‘It could, however, make you think twice about vacationing in Europe.’
    • ‘My wife and I always enjoy going for a jog, and we were vacationing somewhere where we were running every day.’
    • ‘We all vacation together in Maine (though until the past two years, not in the same house).’
    take a break, travel, tour, stay, visit, stop over
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Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin vacatio(n-), from vacare ‘be unoccupied’ (see vacate).