from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee.
- n. A holiday.
- n. A fixed period of holidays, especially one during which a school, court, or business suspends activities.
- n. Archaic The act or an instance of vacating.
- intransitive v. To take or spend a vacation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (law) the act of making legally void.
- v. To spend or take a vacation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of vacating; a making void or of no force.
- n. Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure.
- n. Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess.
- n. 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). 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.
- n. The time when an office is vacant
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of vacating.
- n. A space of time, or a condition, in which there is an intermission of a stated employment or procedure; a stated interval in a round of duties; a holiday.
- n. Specifically— In law, temporary cessation of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term of court and the beginning of the next; the period during which a court holds no sessions; recess; non-term. In England the vacations are—Christmas vacation, commencing on December 24th and ending January 6th; Easter vacation, commencing on Good Friday and ending on Easter Tuesday; Whitsun vacation, commencing on the Saturday before and ending on the Tuesday after Whitsunday; and the long vacation, commencing on August 13th and ending on October 23d.
- n. The intermission of the regular studies of an educational institution of any kind, when the students have a recess; holidays: as, the summer vacation.
- n. The act of becoming vacant; avoidance: said especially of a see or other spiritual dignity.
- n. Freedom from duty; leisure time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of making something legally void
- v. spend or take a vacation
- n. leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
A great outdoor enthusiast, John believes that the word vacation is synonymous with white-water rafting and long, arduous hikes in the woods.
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I wish I could go, but my vacation is already taken up by other upcoming trips.
I have been gone away, crazed - and this is what I call vacation!
He starts at the very beginning, with the story I already heard from Aunt Georgia, from when he was sent from L.A. by Deb on what she called a vacation but turned out to be a short stay with Grandpa Ivan in Boise and then a longer stay with Aunt Georgia and Uncle Charles.
Every time any family has a visiting student into his home, at holiday-time, at Christmas, or in vacation, that is yet one more thread to hold the Commonwealth to gether.
Maybe that’s because the word vacation comes from the Latin word, vacans, meaning “to vacate” or “to be empty.”
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A "vacation" is time off from work a person arranges themselves.
It’s an ambivalence exhibited in the word vacation itself, which, far more neutral than holiday it practically means neutrality, refuses to dictate how to use the time off.