Definition of “vacation” - English Dictionary

“vacation” in English

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uk /veɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ 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 time left 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 law courts do not operate:

the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter/summer vacation
UK the long vacation (= in the summer)

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verb [ I ] uk us 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 pleasure instead of doing your usual work or school activities:

[ C ] The family had just left for a vacation in the Bahamas.
[ U ] We always went on vacation in August.
verb [ I always + adv/prep ] us /veɪˈkeɪ·ʃən, və-/

He was vacationing in San Francisco.
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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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 pension plan 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 work experience with a local company during the summer vacation.

(Definition of “vacation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)