A vacation is a time specifically set aside for enjoyment or relaxation, like a dream vacation to Hawaii.

Vacation began as an Old French word, meaning "freedom or release" from an activity or occupation — like summer vacation. There's no school. During summer vacation, you'll do lots of things — but you won't be in school. You might even go somewhere for a vacation. Another meaning of vacation is "voiding something legal," like the vacation of the old law about not tying your horse in front of City Hall.

Definitions of vacation
  1. noun
    leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure
    “we get two weeks of vacation every summer”
    synonyms: holiday
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    a short vacation about halfway through a school term
    informal term for vacation
    field day, outing, picnic
    a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
    a holiday taken by a newly married couple
    paid vacation
    a vacation from work by an employee with pay granted
    type of:
    leisure, leisure time
    time available for ease and relaxation
  2. noun
    the act of making something legally void
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    type of:
    abrogation, annulment, repeal
    the act of abrogating; an official or legal cancellation
  3. verb
    spend or take a vacation
    synonyms: holiday
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    spend a holiday after one's marriage
    type of:
    pass, spend
    pass time in a specific way
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