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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin vacatio 'freedom', from vacare; VACANT

vacation

1 noun
     
Related topics: Leisure, College
va‧ca‧tion1 S2 W3
1 [uncountable and countable] especially American EnglishDL a holiday, or time spent not workingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
on (a) vacation go on (a) vacation take/have a vacation summer vacation Christmas vacation family vacation two-week/three-day etc vacation vacation spot (=a place where a lot of people go on vacation)
on vacation
They're on vacation for the next two weeks.
I'm going on vacation tomorrow.
We're hoping to take a vacation at the end of July.
his summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard
Luke was forced to cancel the family vacation to Acapulco.
the Caribbean vacation spot of Cancun, Mexico
2 [uncountable] especially American English the number of days, weeks etc that you are allowed as paid holiday by your employer:
How much vacation do you get at your new job?
I think I have four vacation days left.
Employees are entitled to four-weeks' paid vacation annually.
3 [countable]SEC British English one of the periods of time when universities are closed

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