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"vacation" in British English

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vacationnoun

uk   us   /veɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/
A1 [C or U] US (UK holiday) a ​time when someone does not go to ​work or ​school but is ​free to do what they ​want, such as ​travel or ​relax: We're taking a vacation in ​June. They went to ​Europe on vacation. I've still got some vacation timeleft before the end of the ​year. [C] mainly US (UK informal vac) a ​period of the ​year when ​schools or ​colleges are ​closed, or when ​lawcourts do not ​operate: the Thanksgiving/​Christmas/​Easter/​summer vacationUK the ​long vacation (= in the ​summer)

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vacation
verb [I] uk   us   /veɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ US (UK holiday)
Remember that ​time we were ​vacationing in Vermont?
(Definition of vacation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vacation" in American English

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vacationnoun [C/U]

 us   /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃən, və-/
a ​period of ​time to ​relax or ​travel for ​pleasureinstead of doing ​yourusualwork or ​schoolactivities: [C] The ​family had just ​left for a vacation in the Bahamas. [U] We always went on vacation in ​August.
vacation
verb [I always + adv/prep]  us   /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃən, və-/
He was vacationing in San Francisco.
vacationer
noun [C]  us   /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃə·nər, və-/
Tourists and ​winter vacationers are now ​key to the ​economy.
(Definition of vacation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vacation" in Business English

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vacationnoun

uk   /vəˈkeɪʃən/  us   /veɪˈkeɪʃən/
[C or U] US HR a ​holiday from ​work, especially when you are ​travelling away from ​home: I'm ​planning to take a vacation in the spring. The ​President is on vacation with his family. Benefits ​include 28 days of paid vacation.vacation days/pay/time The ​job comes with a ​pensionplan and vacation ​pay. a week's/month's/10-day vacation
[C] a ​period at particular ​times of the ​year when ​courts of ​law are ​closed, and universities and colleges are ​closed for teaching: I did ​workexperience with a ​localcompany during the summer vacation.
(Definition of vacation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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