(French), from (Latin) vacatio a being free from a duty, service, etc., from vacare. See Vacate.
1. The act of vacating; a making void or of no force; as, the vacation of an office or a charter.2. Intermission of a stated employment, procedure, or office; a period of intermission; rest; leisure. It was not in his nature, however, at least till years had chastened it, to take any vacation from controversy. Palfrey. Hence, specifically: -(a, Law) Intermission of judicial proceedings; the space of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next; nonterm; recess. "With lawyers in the vacation." (Shakespeare) (b) The intermission of the regular studies and exercises of an educational institution between terms; holidays; as, the spring vacation. (c) The time when an office is vacant; especially (Ecclesiastical), the time when a see, or other spiritual dignity, is vacant.
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From Middle French vacation, from Latin vacātio.
(UK) holiday (1,4), annulment (2), revocation (2)
vacation (plural vacations) Freedom from some business or activity. (obsolete) Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity. 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. A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc. (North America) A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure. The act of vacating something; moving out. The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents. (US, law) the act of making legally void.
vacation (third-person singular simple present vacations, present participle vacationing, simple past and past participle vacationed) (intransitive) To spend or take a vacation. This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.
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