vacation

vacation
1. noun /vəˈkeɪʃn,vəˈkeɪʃən,veɪˈkeɪʃn,veɪˈkeɪʃən/
a) leisure time, at least a whole day but usually longer (typical are one to three weeks), away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure.

The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.

b) the act of making legally void.
2. verb /vəˈkeɪʃn,vəˈkeɪʃən,veɪˈkeɪʃn,veɪˈkeɪʃən/
To spend or take a vacation.

This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.

Syn: go on holiday, go on vacation, holiday
See Also: vacate

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  • vacation — [ vakasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1390 « occupation »; de vaquer et lat. vacatio I ♦ (de vaquer) 1 ♦ Temps consacré par la justice, par des experts, à l examen d une affaire, à l accomplissement d une fonction. ⇒ séance. Spécialt Vente aux enchères …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • vacation — va‧ca‧tion [vəˈkeɪʆn ǁ veɪ ] noun [countable] 1. TRAVEL a period of time when people are on holiday or not working: • Most factories close for a few weeks in the summer for vacations and plant maintenance. • Mr Williams was on vacation and… …   Financial and business terms

  • Vacation — Va*ca tion, n. [F., fr. L. vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc., fr. vacare. See {Vacate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the vacation of an office or a charter. [1913 Webster] 2. Intermission …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vacation — Vacation. s. f. Certain temps que l on employe à travailler à quelque affaire. On paye tant aux experts pour chaque vacation. il luy faut tant pour ses salaires & vacations. le rapport de ce procez a duré quinze Vacations. on luy a taxé ses… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • vacation — va·ca·tion n 1: a period in which activity or work is suspended; specif: an interval between judicial terms 2: an act or instance of vacating vacation of a judgment Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • vacation — [vā kā′shən, vəkā′shən] n. [ME vacacion < MFr < L vacatio] 1. freedom from any activity; rest; respite; intermission ☆ 2. a period of rest and freedom from work, study, etc.; time of recreation, usually a specific interval in a year 3. Rare …   English World dictionary

  • vacation — is in North America the ordinary word for BrE holiday. In Britain it is only used in the context of universities and the law courts. The corresponding word for Parliament is recess …   Modern English usage

  • vacation — [n] planned time spent not working break, breathing space*, day of rest, few days off*, fiesta, furlough, holiday, intermission, layoff, leave, leave of absence, liberty, long weekend*, R and R*, recess, recreation, respite, rest, sabbatical,… …   New thesaurus

  • vacation — ► NOUN 1) a holiday period between terms in universities and law courts. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a holiday. 3) the action of vacating. ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. ▪ take a holiday. DERIVATIVES vacationer noun vacationist …   English terms dictionary

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  • vacation — n. period of rest (AE; CE has holiday) 1) to spend; take a vacation 2) to be on; go on vacation 3) an extended, long; paid; short vacation 4) a spring; summer; winter vacation 5) a vacation from 6) during a vacation; on vacation (she was away on… …   Combinatory dictionary

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