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noun vacation pronunciation in American English /veɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a period of time when you do not work and you do things for pleasure instead. The British word is holiday

    I only get one week of vacation per year in this job.

    on vacation:

    She’s on vacation this week and next.

    1. a.
      a period of time when you go and stay in another place for pleasure during your vacation
      take a vacation:

      Next year, we will take a vacation to see the Grand Canyon.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to a vacation

      vacation pay/benefits

      a vacation home

  2. 2
    [countable] a period of time when a school is closed
    summer/Christmas/Easter vacation:

    I’m planning on visiting my parents during Christmas vacation.


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