- 1North American An extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling: he took a vacation in the south of France people come here on vacation [as modifier]: a vacation homeMore example sentences
- I had seen the movie in Paris while on vacation over the holidays with my partner, Christopher.
- First, I have not been on vacation, I don't even know what a vacation is anymore.
- On vacation, I would check in with the office three or four times a day.
- 1.1A fixed holiday period between terms in schools and law courts.More example sentences
- During our university vacations, we took jobs as herds people in the Alps, running after cattle for three months out of the year and sleeping in rickety huts and stables.
- When I was at home for university vacations, he would sit listening to me intently, head tilted to one side, as I poured out all the problems of an average early twenty-something.
- I tended only to see them during University vacations - particularly Christmas.
- 2The action of leaving something one previously occupied: his marriage was the reason for the vacation of his fellowshipMore example sentences
- His vacation of the midfield also enabled Jamie Buchan to get back to his favoured position in midfield after a long spell at left back.
- On the vacation of the post, the senior masters assembled and discussed eligible candidates.
- He was again unopposed on the vacation of his seat.
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- Take a vacation: I was vacationing in Europe with my familyMore example sentences
travel, tour, stay, visit, stop over• formal sojourn
- A total of 2,714,000 foreign tourists vacationed in Bulgaria in the first seven months of the year, seven per cent more than the same period a year ago.
- If you vacationed in California every vacation for the next 50 years you still would not run out of things to see or do.
- My wife and I were vacationing in Spain, and Gibraltar was the second stop on our itinerary.
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- Most vacationers travel during peak travel times, but if you're looking to save money this year, make your travel plans for September.
- Few vacationers would travel to Paris without taking in the Louvre, nor would they miss Broadway while visiting New York.
- As airlines compete with low-cost carriers and try to replace business travelers with vacationers, prices have plunged.
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- In addition, it has all the needed ingredients to make a vacation as exciting as vacationists want it to be.
- Fishing boats for the vacationists are capably manned by experienced guides, who daily ply their little craft out into the deep waters in quest of Chesapeake fish.
- Most vacationists would spend a week or so taking in the sights, but I bet that most of us who live here enjoy it less than those who visit.
late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin vacatio(n-), from vacare 'be unoccupied' (see vacate).