• (British) IPA: /vəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/, /veɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
  • (America) enPR: vā-kā'shən, IPA: /veɪˈkeɪʃən/, /vəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


  1. Freedom from some business or activity. [from 14th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity. [15th-17th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 28, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      The first exploited his, sundrie waies, and excelleth in military exploits, and utilitie of his publike vacations.
  3. A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc. [from 15th c.]
  4. (North America) A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure. [from 19th c.]
  5. The act of vacating something; moving out. [from 19th c.]
    The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.
  6. (US, legal) The act of making legally void.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Annullierung
  • Russian: отме́на

vacation (vacations, present participle vacationing; past and past participle vacationed)

  1. (intransitive) To spend or take a vacation.
    This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.
  • (UK) go on holiday
  • go on vacation
  • holiday
  • French: aller en vacances
  • German: Urlaub machen, Ferien machen
  • Italian: andare in vacanza
  • Portuguese: sair de férias
  • Russian: проводи́ть о́тпуск
  • Spanish: vacacionar
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