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English definition of “vacation”

vacation

noun uk   /veɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
A1 [C or U] US a holiday, especially when you are travelling away from home for pleasure: We're taking a vacation in June. They went to Europe on vacation. I've still got some vacation left before the end of the year.Tourism and holidaysHotels and hostelsTime off work [C] mainly US (UK informal vac) a period of the year when schools or colleges are closed, or when law courts do not operate: the Christmas/Easter/summer/long vacationNot going to school
vacation
verb [I] uk   US us  
Remember that time we were vacationing in Vermont?Tourism and holidaysHotels and hostelsTime off work
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