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va•ca•tion(veɪˈkeɪ ʃən, və-)
vacation- Coming from Latin vacation/vacatio, from vacare, "to be free, empty; to be at leisure," around 1395, this term entered Old English, meaning "rest and freedom from any activity."
In British English, you refer to a period of time that you are allowed to spend away from work or school as the holiday or the holidays.
You refer to a period of time spent away from home enjoying yourself as a holiday.
When you spend a long period of time like this each year, you refer to it as your holidays.
You usually use a determiner or a possessive in front of holiday or holidays. Don't say, for example, 'I went to Marrakesh for holidays.'
If you are on holiday, you are spending a period of time away from work or school, or you are spending some time away from home enjoying yourself.
In American English, a holiday is a single day or group of days when people do not work, often to commemorate an important event.
In British English, a day like this is called a bank holiday or a public holiday.
When Americans talk about the holidays, they mean the period at the end of the year that includes Christmas and the New Year; sometimes Thanksgiving (at the end of November) is also included in this.
The usual American word for a longer period of time spent away from work or school, or for a period of time spent away from home enjoying yourself, is vacation.
Past participle: vacationed
|Noun||1.||vacation - leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure; "we get two weeks of vacation every summer"; "we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico"|
half-term - a short vacation about halfway through a school term; "he came to visit at half-term"
vac - informal term for vacation
honeymoon - a holiday taken by a newly married couple
paid vacation - a vacation from work by an employee with pay granted
|2.||vacation - the act of making something legally void|
|Verb||1.||vacation - spend or take a vacation |
honeymoon - spend a holiday after one's marriage; "they plan to honeymoon in Hawai'i"
to be on vacation → estar de vacaciones
to take a vacation → tomarse unas vacaciones
to take a vacation → prendre des vacances
to be on vacation → être en vacances
to go on vacation → partir en vacances