vacation

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From Middle French vacation, from Latin vacātio.

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vacation (plural vacations)

  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, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.28:
      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, law) The act of making legally void.

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vacation (third-person singular simple present vacations, present participle vacationing, simple past and past participle vacationed)

  1. (intransitive) To spend or take a vacation.
    This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.

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vacation f (plural vacations)

  1. (law) session

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