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 (vā-kā′shən, və-)
1. A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee.
a. A holiday.
b. A fixed period of holidays, especially one during which a school, court, or business suspends activities.
3. The act or an instance of vacating.
intr.v. va·ca·tioned, va·ca·tion·ing, va·ca·tions
To take or spend a vacation.

[Middle English vacacioun, from Old French vacation, from Latin vacātiō, vacātiōn-, freedom from occupation, from vacātus, past participle of vacāre, to be empty, at leisure; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]

va·ca′tion·er, va·ca′tion·eer′ (-shə-nîr′) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vacationing - the act of taking a vacationvacationing - the act of taking a vacation  
leisure - freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity; "he lacked the leisure for golf"
busman's holiday - a holiday where you do the same things you do at work
caravanning - the practice of taking holidays in a caravan
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